NCDOT hearings on ferry route tolls get heated

NCDOT hearings on ferry route tolls get heated

NCDOT hearings on ferry route tolls get heated

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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 4:06 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Residents on the North Carolina coast are lining up in opposition to the plan by the N.C. Department of Transportation to apply tolls on previously free ferry routes and raise prices on others.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports (http://bit.ly/1bzpv1G) the first of the hearings in Knotts Island nearly filled a gymnasium at an elementary school. Throughout the two-hour hearing, the crowd spoke against the tolls.

New or higher tolls are proposed for all seven of North Carolina's ferry routes, the second-largest system in the nation. New tolls would range from $1 for a pedestrian to $28 for a large multi-axle truck. The average passenger vehicle would be charged $7. Annual passes would be available.

State lawmakers last year mandated that new ferry acquisitions be funded through tolling, advertising and concessions.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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