Drivers who bring their vehicles onto the Cape May – Lewes Ferry will pay an additional surcharge of $2.00 in April, due to the rising costs of fuel.
The Delaware River and Bay Authority says the rising cost of fuel has made it more expensive to operate the ferry, and the surcharge is designed to pass along part of the increased cost. Also, EPA regulations mandate that vessels burn more-expensive but cleaner fuel that emits fewer pollutants.
The DRBA adopted its fuel-surcharge formula in February 2009. The surcharge is determined on a month-to-month basis and is not permanent, according to Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke.
“If the price of fuel drops below the benchmark, we will eliminate the fuel surcharge,” Gehrke said.
The surcharge is paid when the customer makes a reservation or drives up to the ferry tollbooth. It will be applied April 1st through April 30th and is subject to change.
Passengers will not have to pay any separate surcharge.