New options for drivers, new website for Casco Bay Lines
PORTLAND — Casco Bay Lines is preparing to give passengers with cars and light trucks some new ticketing options this summer.
The ferry service has also launched a what is billed as a "new and improved" website that will eventually offer online ticketing for customers.
Starting June 15, CBL will offer reservations for transporting non-commercial cars and light trucks on three round trips to Peaks Island each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Reservation fees will be $25 each way, in addition to the ticket cost for the vehicle.
Currently, reservations are accepted only for commercial vehicles, which also are charged $25 each way. Non-commercial vehicles are now accepted only on a first-come-first-served basis.
In addition, an off-season ticket rate for non-commercial vehicles will be offered on Wednesdays during the summer. The special rate of $36.65 for a round trip to Peaks will replace the current summer rate of $62.65 on Wednesdays. All vehicle tickets include ferry service for the driver.
Both ticketing options are being offered on a trial basis only during the peak sailing season, which runs to October.
According to a press release, the new website includes sailing schedules; a customer feedback function; an alert section for service announcements, service updates and schedule changes; integration with Facebook and Twitter, and compatibility with smart phones, tablet computers and other portable devices.
Online ticketing will be implemented in the near future, the service said.
Users were also advised that Internet browser bookmarks to the old Casco Bay Lines website will not work after the launch of the new site, which can be found at www.cascobaylines.com.