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Islesboro residents sue Maine DOT over ferry prices

Residents of a Maine island are suing the Maine Department of Transportation, after a steep fare increase to their ferry service. (WGME)

ISLESBORO (WGME) -- Residents of a Maine island are suing the Maine Department of Transportation, after a steep fare increase to their ferry service.

One week into the new state ferry prices, Islesboro residents are already starting to feel the pain in their pocketbooks. Many of them are choosing to ditch the state service altogether for smaller boats.

Aboard the Quicksilver, the small boat has picked up a side business.

On Monday, the Maine DOT raised many of their ferry prices to Islesboro. It now costs $11 round-trip without a car and $30 with a car, a jump from $5 and $13 respectively.

While Quicksilver can’t bring your car over, they've expanded their schedule and cut prices to a dollar less than the state ferry.

It's a boycott of sorts seen across the island, that’s now turned into a lawsuit against the DOT.

While increase seems to be here to stay, Quicksilver says so are they.

The Maine DOT says they couldn't comment for this story due to pending litigation, but residents say they are going to continue to fight the fare increase.

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