Ferry Rate Increases 

The cost to catch a ride on a state ferry is about to go up. The Maine State Ferry Advisory Board voted to raise the rates on trips from the mainland to the Maine’s islands. A $2.35 surcharge will now be tacked on to all vehicle and driver tickets. Passenger, bike and child tickets will see an increase $1.35.Truck and reservation fares will stay the same. Ferry Service Manager Jim Macleod says the rate hike is needed to make up a $400,000 shortfall.The increase is one of half a dozen plans the advisory board considered.