Ridership Rebounds On The Cape May – Lewes Ferry In 2021

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Ridership on the Cape May – Lewes Ferry reboundded during the busiest months of 2021, compared to 2020.

According to a Delaware River and Bay Authority report, more than half-a-million passengers rode the ferry between May and October, and 171,600 vehicles also made the crossing. Numbers are also showing a very strong September and October.

“The total number of passengers per ferry crossing this past summer was very close to 2019 summer highs,” DRBA Director of Ferry Operations Heath Gehrke said. “Even more encouraging is that the strong summer season really seems to have carried over into the current shoulder season, with vehicle traffic up 12% over 2019 highs in October, and passenger traffic up 5% over the same period. While these trends support broader travel and tourism patterns, the widespread recognition of the ferry system as a safe way to travel has no doubt helped us achieve these near historical highs.”

A survey conducted on behalf of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry system also found that more than 90-percent of passengers indicate they feel very safe riding the ferry.

Vehicle Traffic

                                                                2019                                        2020                                           2021

May                                                    25,520                                       4,715                                       23,194

June                                                    30,931                                    15,945                                       27,815

July                                                     39,900                                    21,093                                       33,573

August                                               40,305                                    21,740                                       33,396

September                                       29,592                                    19,702                                       29,961

October                                            21,168                                    15,648                                       23,676

Grand Total                                  187,416                                    98,843                                    171,615

Passenger Traffic

                                                                2019                                        2020                                           2021

May                                                    66,437                                       8,134                                       59,668

June                                                   96,587                                    36,745                                       83,507

July                                                   146,356                                    57,196                                     119,792

August                                            152,231                                    64,697                                     114,843

September                                      86,927                                    53,159                                       79,279

October                                            51,976                                    39,562                                       56,461

Grand Total                                  600,514                                  259,493                                     513,550

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