Idled Nova Scotia to Maine ferry cost province extra $4M in 2019
|Toronto Star 21 Feb 2020 at 15:57|
HALIFAX—The Nova Scotia government says the heavily subsidized ferry service that links the province with Maine cost taxpayers an extra $4 million as it sat idle for the entire 2019 sailing season.
Education Minister Zach Churchill released the figure Friday following an announcement by operator Bay Ferries that it will begin sailing this year between Yarmouth, N.S., and Bar Harbor, Maine, on June 26.
It brings the total cost to the province last year to $17.8 million.
The season was scrapped last year when Bay Ferries was unable to get construction work completed in order to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection specifications at the Bar Harbor ferry terminal.
Bay Ferries says tickets are now on sale for the upcoming season, although it says some work remains to be completed in Bar Harbor and sailings could commence earlier or later than the target date, depending on when U.S. authorities approve the terminal work.