Cape May Lewes Ferry Raises Rates

by Dave on February 18, 2009

On February 17, 2009, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Commissioners
approved a new fare schedule for the Cape May – Lewes Ferry at its monthly meeting held in the James Julian Boardroom at the Authority’s Administrative Complex in New Castle, Delaware. Effective April 1, 2009, the new ferry fare schedule is expected to stabilize the Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s (CMLF) operating deficit, which was approximately $9 million in 2008.

The 2009 fare increase, which averages 6%, is projected to generate gross income of approximately $14.9 million.

The following table represents the new CMLF fare structure:
NOV-MAR APR-OCT PEAK*
VEHICLE & DRIVER
Car, SUV, Van, Pick-up Truck (vehicles less than 20’ length) $29.50 $36.00 $43.25
Return-Trip Value Fare $25.25 $30.75 $31.75

Motorcycle or Motorbike $24.25 $30.75 $36.00
Return-trip Value Fare $21.25 $26.50 $26.50

Discount Book of Six (6) Tickets (all vehicles less than 20’ length) $153.00 $153.00 $153.00
Discount Book of Six (6) Tickets(commercial vehicles) 15% off scheduled fare

(Discount vehicle tickets: Not valid Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

VEHICLE & FOOT PASSENGERS
Under 6 years of age FREE FREE FREE
Children, age 6-13 $3.75 $5.00 $5.00
Return-Trip Value Fare $2.75 $4.00 $4.00

14 Years of age and older $7.50 $10.00 $10.00
Return-Trip Value Fare $5.25 $8.00 $8.00

Discount Book of Six (6) Adult Tickets $43.50 $ 43.50

*Please note that all return trip value fares must be purchased with initial sailing

BUS PASSENGERS
Under 6 years of age FREE FREE FREE
Children, age 6-13 $1.50 $2.75 $2.75
14 Years of age and older $3.25 $5.25 $5.25

FERRY TERMINAL SHUTTLE FARES
Under 6 years of age FREE FREE FREE
6 Years of age and older $3.00 $3.00 $3.00

RESERVATION FEES & DISCOUNTS
Internet Reservation Fee Discount $2.00 $2.00 $2.00
Non-Refundable Reservation Cancellation Fee $5.00 $5.00 $5.00

OTHER VEHICLES & DRIVER
20’ to under 25’ $33.75 $41.25 $49.75
25’ to under 35’ $42.25 $49.75 $60.25
35’ to under 45’ $49.75 $57.00 $68.75
45’ to under 60’ $61.25 $69.75 $84.50
More than 60’ $84.50 $93.00 $113.00

* PEAK FARES valid from Memorial Day to Labor Day – Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and
Holidays between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
TICKET EXPIRATION: Purchased ferry tickets expire two years following purchase date.

The Cape May – Lewes Ferry operates year round and has carried more than thirty-nine million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. The ferry service, connecting the Victorian Cape
May, New Jersey and historic Lewes, Delaware, transports approximately one million passengers and 320,000 vehicles annually. For more information on the ferry service, please visit www.cmlf.com.

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