Cape May-Lewes Ferry Upgrade to Attract More Tourists

Jun 25, 2013

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware River and Bay Authority officials hope upgrades to the Cape May-Lewes ferry will help boost ticket sales.

The Cape Henlopen was rechristened on Monday. Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke says renovations to three of the four vessels in the fleet include improved seating for customers, Wi-Fi access, flat-panel televisions, new floors and an improved concession stand. The renovations cost about $800,000.

Ferries carried 779,000 passengers between Cape May and Lewes in 2011, a third less than its ridership of 1.16 million 10 years earlier.

Ticket prices have gone up in recent year to make up for declining ridership. Officials say they will remain the same for now, but an increase might be considered in the near future.