With finances on an even keel again amid ongoing robust ferry traffic, Steamship Authority governors voted Tuesday to approve a $119.6 million operating budget for the coming year.


Calling it a “bitter pill” to swallow, Steamship Authority governors said Tuesday they would back an operating budget for the coming year that will include across-the board rate hikes.


A 2020 operating budget, fare hikes for the coming year and a preliminary new design for the Woods Hole terminal are expected to be discussed when boat line governors meet on the Vineyard Tuesday.


Martha’s Vineyard residents who wanted to talk about the Steamship Authority’s latest fare hikes at the boat line’s monthly meeting Tuesday were required to wait.


Boat line governors voted Tuesday to limit the size of trucks on the 5:30 a.m. freight run to the Vineyard to less than 40 feet in the summer months.


Hy-Line Cruises and Seastreak want to expand passenger service to Martha’s Vineyard next year. Public hearings will be held.