The NCDOT announced 4 public meetings this month to answer questions and receive comments about the proposed toll increase for ferry routes. The first public meeting is 2 weeks from Wednesday on January 18th in Swan Quarter. A full listing of the meetings is below.
It's 15-dollars to ferry a typical car one way on the Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries to Ocracoke now, but that could be increased. The five-dollar ferry ride for a typical car on the Southport- Fort Fisher ferry could also go up. There could also be new tolls for 2 routes which are currently free, the Bayview/ Aurora and Cherry Branch/ Minnesott Beach Routes.
The new tolls will take affect April 1 as required by law after the General Assembly mandated NCDOT increase ferry revenue to $5 million annually. NCDOT hired a private firm, CDM SMITH, to study the issue.
The meetings are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.
Hyde County Government Center, Multi-use Room
30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter
Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Beaufort Community College
5337 U.S. 264 East, Washington
Monday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Morehead City-Beaufort, NC 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
NCDOT says ferries will run extra trips the nights of the hearings if necessary.