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Mackinac Island Rates Increasing For Two Ferry Companies

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People heading to Mackinac Island in 2016 can expect to see a price increase for their trip over and back.

Both Star Line and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry are increasing their rates by $1 per round trip, but Arnold Line will keep their rate the same.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details on the reason for the rate change. 

"We’re just trying to make sure that we keep ourselves on the side of safe, efficient, on time service and running people to Mackinac Island is an expensive adventure," Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry president Chris Shepler said.

While the big time to go to Mackinac Island is still a few months away, Star Line and Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry increased rates to $26 for a round trip while Arnold Line will stay at $18.

"Due to low gas prices and no big changes here as far as pricing, we’re able to pass down the savings to anyone coming to visit the island as an incentive," Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry director of sales and marketing Heather Tamlyn said.

People who use the ferry are wondering why exactly rates for two of the services are going up.

"I think they’re going to pay whatever they have to pay to get there, but I do think they’re kind of taking advantage of people by raising the rates especially when the gas prices are so low," ferry rider Sheri Hill said. 

But Shepler’s says there are more costs like a higher minimum wage and health care costs, as well as the need for newly required safety devices. 

That’s what caused the increase.

"We absolutely don’t want to upset anyone or have people want to go somewhere else," Shepler said. "It’s just a something that we have to do to keep, again, keep that safe, efficient, reliant service to Mackinac Island.