alcatraz.jpgThe National Park Service is bumping up the rate for ferry service to Alcatraz Island by $2 starting next month, park officials announced today.

The fare for an adult to ride the ferry from San Francisco to the island and its famous jail is currently $26, but that price will go up to $28 starting on April 18, according to park officials.

The price will increase by a similar percentage for other categories of tickets, such as for children, seniors or night tours of the island.

The increase is the first for the ferry in more than three years, and will not affect tickets already sold, park officials said.

It comes as a result of a request by the concessionaire that provides the ferry service, Alcatraz Cruises LLC, which had to demonstrate that its costs were rising to justify the rate hike, National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.

Of the $26 for a current standard ticket, $17 goes to Alcatraz Cruises, and that will go up to $19 next month, Picavet said. The rest of the fare goes to the park service and other entities, she said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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