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Maine State Ferry Service
  • Published
    May 10, 2018

    Islesboro upset

    Islesboro residents are painting a grim picture of the future of the commuter island community following the unexpected flat-rate increase in ferry fees approved by Maine Department of Transportation. While an increase in some form was expected, the approved rates represent a 118-percent jump in the cost of round-trip tickets for a vehicle and driver, residents say, which could lead to an exodus of year-round ...

  • Published
    May 9, 2018

    Ferry rate increase: three main issues

    A lot has been in the news lately about the Islesboro Ferry rate increase and I wanted to take the time to explain this issue from an Islesboro resident's perspective. There are three main issues that I would like to address: (1) process failure, (2) new rate structure inequality, and (3) the probable change in Islesboro. There is also a reasonable increase in fares that I can suggest. With respect to the process ...

  • Published
    April 25, 2018

    DOT commissioner authorizes possible suspension of ferry service

    In an April 19 letter to Islesboro Town Manager Janet Anderson, Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt said he has "authorized the (Maine State Ferry Service) manager and our boat captains to immediately suspend ferry service to the island of Islesboro, until such time as we are assured that it is safe to resume." Service will only be suspended if threatening and intimidating behavior ...

  • Published
    April 25, 2018

    Islesboro residents shocked at ferry ticket increase

    Islesboro residents are reeling after Maine Department of Transportation officials announced that a new, flat-rate fee structure for ferry service to the islands will be implemented May 21. The new fee structure represents a 118-percent increase for Islesboro residents, who currently can purchase on-island tickets for a vehicle and driver for $13.25, according to Margaret Willcox, editor of Islesboro Island ...

  • Published
    April 18, 2018

    Flat-rate ferry tickets begin May 21

    This week, Maine Department of Transportation officials announced that a new, flat-rate fee structure for ferry service to the islands will be implemented May 21. Maine State Ferry Service provides ferry transportation to the Penobscot Bay island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans Island, Frenchboro and Matinicus. The ferry service proposed increased user fees to cover a projected shortfall ...

  • Published
    March 22, 2018

    Ferry rate increase delayed by DOT

    A new ferry rate structure proposed by the Maine Department of Transportation has been put on hold following an outpouring of complaints from island residents and officials. The new rates proposed in January would have set different fees based on residency. Rates have not increased in nearly a decade, according to DOT, and state law requires at least 50 percent of the ferry service's operating costs to come from ...

  • Published
    February 10, 2018

    Islanders object to proposed ferry rate increases

    Town officials and residents object to a ferry rate increase proposed by Maine Department of Transportation that would charge different rates based on residency. Islesboro selectmen penned a letter to DOT Commissioner David Bernhardt following a Jan. 29 meeting with state officials, requesting a delay in implementing new rates. Following the meeting, board members wrote, “ … it is apparent to both the Select ...

  • Published
    April 28, 2017

    DOT pitches seasonal island ferry rates

    Islanders and visitors could face new seasonal rates for ferry tickets to Vinalhaven, North Haven, Swans Island, Frenchboro, Islesboro and Matinicus in 2018. Speaking April 27, Rick Dubois, Department of Transportation director of multimodal operations, said additional proposals to increase parking pass prices and make changes to reservation systems had been put on hold because of negative response. "Given the ...

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