Greenport to host hearing on North Ferry rate hike

Greenporters will have an opportunity next week to make their voices heard on the proposed North Ferry rate hike pending before the Suffolk County Legislature.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:30 p.m. Greenport Village Board members will conduct a hearing at the Third Street firehouse to gather input that will be compiled and forwarded to county legislators.

The ferry company is seeking a 7.8 percent rate hike, the first since June 2004.

That would increase same day round-trip tickets for non-Shelter Island residents to $15, up 15.3 percent from the current $13. The non-discounted one-way fare would go up $1, from $9 to $10, an 11 percent increase.

For island residents, the price of a book of 10 round-trip tickets would rise 8.3 percent, from $48 to $52, That’s an increase of 20 cents per trip. The cost of a five-day round-trip pass would increase from $22 to $26, up 18 percent or 40 cents a trip.

For non-residents, a book of 10 same day round-trip tickets would cost $79, up from $72, and the price of a book of 10 one-way tickets would rise from $57 to $62.

Six-day commuter passes would no longer be offered.