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CAT Ferry to Cut Back Service 

The company that runs a high-speed

ferry between Maine and Nova Scotia is cutting back service due to

higher fuel costs and fewer travelers.

Bay Ferries announced Friday that after Labor Day it will reduce

the number of weekly round trips from seven to five. It’s also

ending its service on Oct. 5, nine days earlier than planned.

The company’s ferry, called &quot:The Cat,&quot: operates between

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and the Maine ports of Portland and Bar

Harbor.

The company says it’s contacting passengers who’ve already

booked for the canceled period so they can cancel their

reservations or book an alternative time at a discount.

Mark MacDonald, chief executive officer, said the company

regrets the changes, but his company faces the same pressures as

airlines.

He said fuel costs have &quot:significantly impacted&quot: his operating

costs and the number of North American vacation travelers.