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Casco Bay ferries to scan tickets; car ferry dry-docked

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Casco Bay ferries to scan tickets; car ferry dry-docked

PORTLAND — Casco Bay Lines will soon be electronically scanning its passenger tickets in a test to explore the use of ticket bar-codes to improve efficiency and data collection.

On April 2, CBL will begin scanning all tickets except monthly and yearly passes. Unlike other tickets, the passes do not have bar codes.

Based on this pilot project, which is funded by the Federal Transit Administration, CBL may ultimately offer online purchasing and prepaid ticketing options, and expand the scanning to include passes, the ferry service said in an email.

In addition, CBL said its car ferry, now undergoing routine service and inspection in Rockland, could remain dry-docked until late April. The Machigonne II, which carries nearly 400 passengers and a dozen vehicles, provides daily service to Peaks Island and reservation-only service to several other Casco Bay islands.

While the ferry is not running, Peaks-based marina Lionel Plante Associates is providing vehicle transportation to and from the island on a limited basis, CBL said.