DOT schedules 3 more ferry toll hearings

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DOT schedules 3 more ferry toll hearings

SOUTHPORT — The state Transportation Department plans to hold three more public hearings on a proposal to apply tolls on previously free ferry routes and raise prices on others.

A hearing will be held today in Southport. Another will be Wednesday in Hatteras, and a third will be Monday on Ocracoke.

Public hearings were held previously in Knotts Island, Washington, Grantsboro and Morehead City.

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.