RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of
Transportation will hold two public meetings about proposed toll
changes on its ferry routes. These changes include rate increases on the
Southport/Fort Fisher, Swan Quarter/Ocracoke and Cedar Island/Ocracoke routes
and the addition of tolls on the Bayview/Aurora and Cherry Branch/Minnesott
Beach routes, by July 1 of this year.
The public hearings are scheduled for:
Monday, March 11, 7 p.m.
Wake Commons – Room 100B
4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh
Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Pamlico Community College
Ned Everett Delamar Center Auditorium
5049 Highway 306 S., Grantsboro
At each meeting, a formal presentation will
begin at 7 p.m. Following the presentation, the meeting will be open for
statements, questions and comments. Anyone wishing to speak should register to
do so at the sign-in table prior to the presentation. Please arrive about 30
minutes early to allow time to sign-in. The proposed rates as well as a link to
submit a comment are posted to NCDOT’s
In 2011, the North Carolina General Assembly
mandated that NCDOT increase annual ferry revenue to $5 million. To accomplish
this, the ferry division was asked to increase toll rates on the three routes
that currently have tolls, and begin tolling two additional routes by April 1.
2012. Such changes require amending the N.C. Administrative Code. In the early
months of 2012, five public hearings were held to accept public comment about
the request to amend the Administrative Code. The input received was reviewed
and submitted to the Rules Review Commission with the Office of Administrative
On Feb. 29, 2012, former Governor Bev Perdue
issued an executive order placing a one-year moratorium on the collection of
the tolls. Session Law 2012-142 House Bill 950 directed DOT to disregard the
executive order and clarified ferry tolling in Section 24.18(a) G.S. 136-82,
directing DOT to collect tolls, as established by the Board of Transportation
on the ferry routes.
During its January 2013 meeting, the BOT
adopted a resolution authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to adopt rules
establishing ferry tolls. The upcoming public hearings are the next step in the
process to change the administrative code and implement the changes required to
For more information about the upcoming meetings,
contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT- Human Environment Unit at 1598 Mail Service
Center, Raleigh 27699-1598, (919) 707-6085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.