- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Nova Scotia government is committed to spending another $13 million this season on the ferry service between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Nova Star will start its second season on June 1 in better shape than its inaugural season, with increased charter bus bookings in addition to the subsidy from the Nova Scotia government.

Spokesman Dennis Bailey tells the Portland Press Herald that the company is optimistic about an increase in ridership. The inaugural season brought about 59,000 passengers, far less than the goal of 100,000.

The Nova Scotia government originally committed to spend $21 million over seven years to re-establishing the ferry service. But the ferry operator spent all of that, and another $7.5 million, in the first season.

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