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It’s May 24: New ferry rates go into effect

Starts on the 8:15 a.m. boat
By Stephanie Turaj | May 24, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis

Ferry travelers will see a rate change on Friday, May 24: new fees for passenger tickets, vehicles and freight begin.

This is the result of the April 29 approval by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of a settlement agreement between Interstate Navigation and the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. That agreement allows the ferry company to generate $579,388 in additional traditional ferry revenues in annual income.

Along with a 34 percent increase in freight charges, there will be an increase in truck charges, a slight increase in passenger ticket costs and a decrease in car charges.

“Assuming everything works properly, everything is supposed to go into effect on Friday,” said Interstate attorney Mike McElroy.

Janette Centracchio, Interstate’s ticket office manager, confirmed that the rates will be changed on the “first run on Friday,” the 8:15 a.m. trip off Block Island.

According to the agreement, the rates will change as follows (costs do not include the fuel charge added on to ticket prices):

Passenger tickets will increase slightly. Passengers can expect a one-way ticket to cost around $12.35, and a round-trip to cost $22.60. Before this change, the rates were $11.25 one-way and $18.30 round trip.

Round trip commuter (island resident) tickets will cost $16 without the fuel charge. Before this change, the rates were $10.50.

The cost to bring a non-commuter car or vehicle on the boat will decrease. The cost will be $38.95 for a one-way car transport, and $47.90 for a one-way SUV or pickup truck transport. Before this change, the costs were $49.80 and $60.10.

A commuter car cost will increase, and will be $32.70 one-way. Previously, cost were $27.

Large truck costs will increase. Oversized vehicles (for example, trucks) that are seven feet or less in height will pay a rate of $4.50 per linear foot, and $6.10 if the vehicle is over seven feet tall.

Freight rates will see a 34 percent across-the-board increase. Costs vary widely for items. For example, a wheel barrow will now cost $6.71 and a washer/dryer will cost $16.32.

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