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Old November 9th, 2007, 06:40 PM
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http://www.virginislandsdailynews.co...me?id=17617036

Ferries threaten cutbacks if V.I. does not pay subsidy
By JOY BLACKBURN
Friday, November 9th 2007

Ferryboat operators transporting passengers between St. Thomas and St. John notified government
officials on Thursday that they expect to have to significantly curtail services "within days."

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Looks like more cruisers will just do the ship excursions if the schedule is that limited...What a shame, so many people did rely on those ferry's to transport between St. Thomas and St. John...
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There is a response from the VI gov't entity regarding the issue poisted at

http://www.virginislandsdailynews.co...me?id=17617105

It's pretty long so I didn't want to post it here.

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Thanks Phil & Liz for this information. I am planning to take that one of the ferries from St. Thomas to St. John and back on December 17th doing a day trip by myself. Would you please do me a huge favor and let me know if you hear any more information about this one way or another.

I'll try and monitor the Virgin Island Daily News web site, but would sure appreciate a helping hand in case I miss something. Also, if something does change in the way the ferries operate, do you know where I can find an updated schedule? I really want to make it to St. John, but am trying to avoid the cost and potential cheeziness of Carnival's "excursion". Thank you!!!
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Ferry officials: We won't be cutting back service - this week
By JOY BLACKBURN
Thursday, November 15th 2007

ST. THOMAS - The attorney representing franchise ferry operators running between St. Thomas and St. John said Wednesday after a meeting with government officials that her clients do not foresee curtailing services this week.
Claudette Ferron, who represents Transportation Services of St. John and Varlack Ventures, said the meeting to discuss issues pertaining to a possible government ferry subsidy went "well."
She said she made a presentation to Public Works Department and Government House officials outlining her clients' position and provided documents, including company financial information, statistics and statutes related to the issue.
"They're requesting an opportunity to read this and get up to speed," Ferron said, adding that they agreed to talk again next week.
Wednesday's meeting was to involve not only the two St. Thomas-St. John ferry operators, but also V.I. Sea Trans, which has an exclusive franchise to provide public ferry service between St. Thomas and St. Croix, according to a statement released last week by Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls.
The Daily News was unable to reach Smalls on Wednesday for comment.
Wednesday's meeting came after Ferron wrote senators and other government officials a week ago, telling them that the owners of the St. Thomas-St. John ferry franchise would no longer subsidize the public transportation service out of their private funds and would be running solely on revenues from fares.
As a result, she wrote, they anticipated having to significantly curtail services "within days" and shutting down shortly thereafter until the government provided subsidy funding.
The PSC, which regulates the ferry franchises because they have an exclusive contract with the government, responded with a letter telling the operators it expects them to continue to provide services per their agreement and saying it plans to schedule a meeting to discuss the ferry issue. A date has not yet been set for that meeting

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