NC Ferry Tolls Planned To Kick In July 1st Might Be Delayed

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Two years after the General Assembly demanded new and higher tolls for ferry routes along the North Carolina coast, the proposed changes may take even longer to enact.

A state panel that reviews proposed fees signed off this month on new tolls for ferries on two routes and higher tolls on three routes that already charge motorists. Two routes would remain free. But there's been enough opposition to the Rules Review Commission's decision so that fee schedule won't take effect on July 1 as scheduled.

The legislature may step in. The Senate budget directs the Department of Transportation to charge tolls on all seven routes starting in November. A House committee Tuesday would delay the tolls another year while DOT looks at finding revenues through advertising and vessel-naming rights.

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