Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Minimum wage increase causes Wildwoods Boardwalk Tram Car fare increase in 2020


The Wildwoods Boardwalk, NJ — The non-profit organization that has owned, restored and operated the Wildwoods Boardwalk Sightseer Tram Cars since 2004, announced today that the increase in the State Minimum Wage has forced them to implement a Fare Increase for the Tram Cars in 2020.

The Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District, Management Corporation (WSID), which was formed by property owners on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to provide services above and beyond those offered by the local governing bodies, announced that the one-way fare will increase from $3.50 to $4.00. 

Discounted tickets will still be offered at various locations around the Boardwalk as well as online.

“Like many small businesses along the Jersey Shore, the Tram Cars rely on a large number of foreign exchange students, senior citizens and young people to operate our business during an extraordinarily short and volatile season. For decades the State of New Jersey recognized the special conditions of seasonal, farm and amusement businesses and provided exemptions from certain wage and hour laws for those specific businesses. 

"Unfortunately, other than extending the period of time until it reaches $15.00, the most recent increases to the minimum wage did not include any special exemptions for seasonal and amusement businesses. Due to the dramatic increases in the minimum wage over the next several years, many small businesses along the Jersey Shore will be forced to make difficult decisions. 

"The Tram Cars are no exception and in order to continue to provide safe, reliable service to our visitors, while meeting the financial demands imposed by the new minimum wage, we have no choice at this time but to increase the Fare. We look forward to continuing to welcoming millions of visitors to the Wildwoods Boardwalk and to providing Tram Car service in the same manner that has been provided uninterrupted since 1949.”

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