December 10, 2018
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Future of Portland’s ferry service remains uncertain

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The Cat sits at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland in this June 6, 2016, file photo.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s ferry service may leave the city for Bar Harbor despite having a successful year.

Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald tells the Portland Press Herald the company hasn’t made a decision about the Cat ferry. The Canadian firm has until Nov. 30 to decide whether it will renew its lease for the Ocean Gateway terminal following two deadline extensions.

The Cat saw a 20 percent increase in ridership this year compared to 2017. Portland earned more than $150,000 in fees in 2018.

Bar Harbor officials agreed in October to lease a terminal to Bay Ferries. Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight says there’s no deadline for the company to sign an agreement.

Portland Economic Development Director Greg Mitchell says he’s not sure if the company could be granted another extension.


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