Bald Head Island Ferry Prices Going Up 40 Percent

Prices for the Bald Head Island ferry will increase about 40 percent next year.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports that the increase came last week after months of negotiations between Bald Head Island Transportation Inc. and the North Carolina Utilities Commission.

The company claims the ferry has operated at a loss since 1999 because of declining ridership and increasing gas prices. The ferry operator is part of Bald Head Island Limited LLC that developed the island as a resort where golf carts are the only mode of motorized transportation.

General ticket prices will go to $23 from $16; the excess baggage fee, which includes bicycles, will increase to $23 from $15. Annual passes will go to $1,850 from $1,665.

The price increases will bring in about $1.7 million additional revenue each year.

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  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Oct 25, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    If itsa been operating in the RED since 1999 (11 years) who's making up the difference? Most, if not all private companies cannot operate at a loss for more than 10 years. So where is the money coming from. My guess is the taxpayers are ultimately paying the difference through some shady local political deal.
  • by BHI Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    As a homeowner on BHI, I think the increase is warranted. Not only will it produce needed revenue, but it will keep the shady ones from riding over to the island.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 at 04:21 AM
    To REALLY! If you are so sensative about being a democrap - become a republican. I would not only be sensative but ASHAMED if I was you. Look what you helped do to our country?!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 at 04:19 AM
    40 percent!!!!! SCHISTERS!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 at 04:17 AM
    Democrap private locals. BOOYA!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    No Problem at all....Don't Go To Bald Head Island!
  • by Really! Location: ENC on Oct 23, 2010 at 03:11 PM
    Ok smart ones! I hate to bust your bubbles but the Bald Head Island ferry IS NOT run by the State. It is private! Oh my! Who ya gonna complain about now?
  • by Richard on Oct 23, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    Its rich people anyway, they can afford it.
  • by $$$$ Location: washington on Oct 23, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    it is a service,so make all of them go up.
  • by Republican mom on Oct 23, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    No one can operate in the negative, and this is a SERVICE, so no one is forced to use the ferry service, and apparently not as many people are using it therefore the decline in revenue. Some people are always looking for something to complain about.
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