SSA year-end figures show continued growth in traffic, revenues

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The ferry Martha's Vineyard, shown in this file photo, is not running this evening. – Nelson Sigelman

The Steamship Authority (SSA) ended 2015 up in all categories over the previous year, and exceeded 2015 budget projections, according to a report presented at the authority’s February business meeting.

The number of passengers carried was 2,378,303, an increase of 3.9 percent.

The number of automobiles carried was 399,277, an increase of 1.6 percent. Of that, Islander discounted excursion fares accounted for 144,270 vehicles.

The boatline carried 125,078 trucks, a 3 percent increase. That figure included trucks under and over 20 feet in length.

On the Vineyard route, the SSA canceled 83 trips for mechanical reasons. There were 144 weather-related cancellations. A total of 631 unscheduled trips were added to the route to meet demand.

The ferry Martha’s Vineyard had 2,811 scheduled trips in 2015. Of those, she missed 13 trips due to mechanical reasons and 35 trips (1.25 percent) due to weather.

The ferry Island Home had 4,109 scheduled trips. Of those, she missed 46 trips due to mechanical problems and 57 trips (1.39 percent) due to weather.

The SSA’s total operating revenues increased by $5,069,722, or 5.3 percent over budget, for a total of $100,056,788 in operating revenues.

Operating expenses were down $720,007, or 0.8 percent projected in the budget, for a total of $88,313,624.