Rising fuel costs will be passed along to those who ferry cars between New Jersey and Delaware next month.
The Cape May-Lewes Ferry will charge an extra dollar per vehicle trip from June 1 through June 30. The surcharge will operate on a month-to-month basis, fluctuating along with fuel prices.
The surcharge is tied to the price of fuel, which has increased significantly for the ferry this year, director of ferry operations, Heath Gehrke, said. The ferry will continue to absorb a majority of the cost increase, he said. Passengers will not have to pay a separate surcharge.
“If the price of fuel drops to previous levels, we will eliminate the fuel surcharge,” Gehrke said.
The extra dollar will not apply to reservations that have already been made. The cost of a ride for a standard vehicle with one driver now stands at $48 for one direction as of June 1.
The last time a fuel surcharge was implemented on the ferry was March 2014.