RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Transportation Department has released a study looking at ways to raise $5 million annually by possibly raising rates on some ferry routes and adding tolls on others.
The DOT will hold public hearings this month on the four proposals involving potential toll increases on the Southport/Fort Fisher, Swan Quarter/Ocracoke and Cedar Island/Ocracoke routes. The study also proposes tolls on the Bayview/Aurora and Cherry Branch/Minnesott Beach routes.
The Legislature ordered the agency to raise $5 million annually through tolls on all ferries except the Ocracoke/Hatteras and Knotts Island ferries. Lawmakers said the new and increased tolls must be in effect by April 1.
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 US 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.
ILA Union Hall
211 West 10th Street, Southport
A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., which will consist of an explanation of the toll increase and additional toll options. Following the presentation, the meeting will be open for statements, questions and comments. Anyone wishing to speak may register to do so at the sign-in table during the pre-hearing workshop. Additional comments may be submitted until Feb. 12.
For more information, contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT- Human Environment Unit at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh 27699-1598, (919) 707-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional written comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted to Robbins until Feb. 10.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Robbins as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.