SSA traffic numbers up in all categories

Steamship Authority traffic in November and for the first 11 months of 2014 increased over the same period in 2013.

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The Island Home will not make her Wednesday morning runs, due to mechanical issues. File photo by Steve Myrick

In all categories, Steamship Authority traffic in November and for the first 11 months of 2014 increased over the same period in 2013, according to a business summary presented Tuesday at a meeting of the authority members.

The boatline carried 128,397 passengers in November 2014, up 1.4 percent over the previous year, and 2,169,327 year to date, an increase of 1.1 percent over 2013.

The boatline carried 12,656 regular-fare automobiles and 14,433 excursion autos for a total of 27,089 in November, a 1.3 percent increase over the previous year, and 367,461 autos year to date, a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

Truck traffic was up 0.5 percent in November, and 1.7 percent year to date over 2013.

The SSA lost $2,012,236 in November, which was $206,172 higher than projected in the 2014 operating budget, due in part to $349,541 in unexpected maintenance expenses, management said.