Hearings on raising ferry tolls set for Hatteras, Ocracoke

Hearings on raising ferry tolls set for Hatteras, Ocracoke

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The Currituck-Knotts Island ferry

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 6:28 AM

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) -- The state Transportation Department is holding more public hearings on a proposal to apply tolls on previously free ferry routes and raise prices on others.

Hearings will be held Monday in Morehead City; Tuesday in Southport; Wednesday in Hatteras and Monday, Feb. 24, on Ocracoke.  Click here for locations and times here.

Public hearings were held previously in Knotts Island, Washington and Grantsboro. The two-hour hearing on Knotts Island became heated, with the crowd speaking out against the tolls.

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

New or higher tolls are proposed for all seven of North Carolina's ferry routes. 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.

NCDOT official stress all money collected will go only toward new ferry vessels. After the public hearings, officials will decide whether to accept the toll changes.

If you can't attend a meeting but want to give your comments, send them to jarobbins@ncdot.gov before the end of the business day on business February 28.

AP-WF-02-17-14 0905GMT

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