DOT Sets Ferry Tolls, Won't Charge New Rates Now

The state D.O.T. has set new tolls on ferry routes, but won't charge the new rates for now.

The proposed ferry rates unveiled Wednesday would charge pedestrians and vehicle passengers who now ride free on ferries. The boats already charge vehicles and their drivers.

The state budget adopted last year over Perdue's veto ordered DOT to start collecting fares on two toll-free river ferries used mostly by commuters, and to set higher rates on three routes where tolls are collected now.

The new rates were supposed to take effect next month, but Perdue ordered a one-year delay.

Tolls for the Cherry-Branch-Minnesott Beach route would have been $4 per car and a dollar more for each passenger.

For the Aurora-Bayview route, the costs were to be $10 per car and $2 more for each passenger.

A system-wide pass for cars would have cost $500 a year, while site specific passes for Cherry Branch-Minnesott would have run $150, and $200 for the Aurora-Bayview ferry route.

Transportation Department ferry officials expect they'll be told to collect the new tolls but it's not clear when.

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