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Citing fuel costs, authority increases fares to Nantucket
(Globe file photo)
The Eagle, a Steamship Authority ferry, sails into Nantucket Harbor.
By Globe Staff
Citing the rising cost of fuel, the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority is raising fares to Nantucket.
The authority's board voted yesterday to raise one-way adult fares for the ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket from $29 to $30. The board raised the car rate from $190 to $195 during the summer and $130 to $135 during the off-season. The board also hiked the rate for trucks.
H. Flint Ranney, the Nantucket representative on the five-member authority board, said the rising cost of oil, which increases cost of the diesel fuel that runs the ferries, is the problem.
The board did not raise fares for its ferry line from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard. But Ranney warned that further increases could be possible on both lines.
"If the cost of oil keeps going up, that's going to be a very major problem," Ranney said.