It will cost you 50¢ more to catch a Tram Car ride on the Wildwood Boardwalk this summer.

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Sightseer Tram Cars announced Monday the one-way price on the famed Wildwood  icon will increase from $3.50 to $4.

When the Wildwood Tram Cars began shuttling people up and down the 2-mile boardwalk in 1949, a one-way ride was 10¢.

The non-profit organization that operates the trams, Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District, blamed the increase in the minimum wage for the price increase.

“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... 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.”

The company added discounted tickets will still be offered at locations around the Boardwalk and online.

Will this higher fare be a Tram Car game-changer for you?

I love the tradition of the trams on the Wildwood Boardwalk, but at $4 a ride, I think my new slogan will be, "watch the pedestrian, please".

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