Meeting On Ferry Rate Increases Tonight

The first of five public meetings will be held by the state ferry system Wednesday to hear from people about the new proposal to raise the price of riding state ferries.

Officials say that the state legislature mandated the ferry system to bring in $5 million more each year, so they are looking to increase rates which currently range from $5 to $15.

They are also planning on adding tolls to two outer routes, the Bayview/Aurora and Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach Routes. The new tolls will take effect April 1.

Wednesday’s meeting is taking place at Ocracoke School Gymnasium
on Schoolhouse Road at 7 p.m.. NCDOT says ferries will run extra trips the nights of the hearings if necessary.

Here's a list of other scheduled meetings:

Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Beaufort Community College
5337 U.S. 264 East
Washington

Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Morehead City-Beaufort No. 1710 Elks Lodge
400 Miller Farm Rd.
Morehead City

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
I.L.A. Union Hall
211 West 10th Street
Southport

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Pamlico Community College
Ned Everett Delamar Center Auditorium
5049 Highway 306 S.
Grantsboro


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  • by Fair Minded on Jan 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    Lets be fair about this. I think if the ferries are to have a toll placed on them then all the roads leading into Raleigh should have a toll placed on them also. And no exceptions for ANYONE!
  • by eb Location: Wash.Co on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    No-Partner nailed it.The Republican's under the leadership of Rep.Killian (R)Meckenlburg Co is behind this.Not the Governor.He stated the East has been getting way to much Highway money,thats why 75% of our road funding got moved to the Pedmont, with the most going to his county.The Ferry tolls just add to the pot.Our rep Bill Cook is one of his solid backers.Its a good bet that Arthur Williams will be to if elected.The East is just going to have to learn to like sucking hind tit again. The days of Marc Basnight looking out for our end of the state are over.
  • by SUMMER Location: bath on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    FINALLY........YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!! BUT THEY WILL NEVER DO THAT BECAUSE THAT IS THE SOLUTION.
  • by Still Can't Believe It Location: ENC on Jan 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    The politicians in Raleigh refuse to put a toll on the out of state vacationers using the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferries but stick it to the N Carolinians who need the ferries to go to work. No wonder some of our local legislators decided to "retire" after supporting this fiasco. Hopefully their successors will have enough sense to straighten this out.
  • by Smitty Location: Belhaven on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:27 PM
    Personally I dont care whos baby it is, im impartial to the party game! Its our state government, under Gov. PERDUE'S watch! So in the end the problem is someones pockets are getting lined and both parties play the game! Thats why our country is upside down right now! Nobody wants to man up and fix things they want to play the party game! IM SICK OF IT!
  • by ME on Jan 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    My question is how are they planning on collecting these tolls on the aurora side with no office type structure. This means they are going to have to build one of course!!! So how many tolls are going to paid just to break even on the price of extra staff and buildings before any so called profit is involved. Somebody needs to put their thinking cap back on and try again!! I'm just saying.....
  • by Someone on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    I say if the State wants to get smart they will do away with the ferry across the pamilco river, build a bridge and charge a small toll like they are doing on the new toll road in Durham until it is paid for. People/ workers are alot more likely to pay a toll for something more convenient than they are for a hassle, which is what the wasteful ferry is. It would take about 5 minutes to get across the river when it takes 30 now!!
  • by No-partier Location: mhc on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    Ok...get it right please! The decision to toll the ferries is completely our Republican legislature. The budget was passed due to the Democrats who voted for it as long as the Hatteras &Currituck ferries remained free and a prison in Bladen Co. stayed open. The Republicans came up with this baby...not the Gov! So please...blame the right crowd! Just so you know...Rep. Killian(R) Mecklenburg Co. is the driving force, among others, of this baby!
  • by No-partier Location: mhc on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    Ok...get it right please! The decision to toll the ferries is completely our Republican legislature. The budget was passed due to the Democrats who voted for it as long as the Hatteras &Currituck ferries remained free and a prison in Bladen Co. stayed open. The Republicans came up with this baby...not the Gov! So please...blame the right crowd! Just so you know...Rep. Killian(R) Mecklenburg Co. is the driving force, among others, of this baby!
  • by No-partier Location: mhc on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM
    Ok...get it right please! The decision to toll the ferries is completely our Republican legislature. The budget was passed due to the Democrats who voted for it as long as the Hatteras &Currituck ferries remained free and a prison in Bladen Co. stayed open. The Republicans came up with this baby...not the Gov! So please...blame the right crowd! Just so you know...Rep. Killian(R) Mecklenburg Co. is the driving force, among others, of this baby!
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