RALEIGH – The North Carolina
Department of Transportation has rescheduled its Hatteras public hearing on
ferry tolls due to winter weather that hit the state this week. The hearing,
originally scheduled for February 13, will instead be held February 19 at the
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
Last week, public hearings were held in Knotts Island, Washington, and
Grantsboro. The new schedule for the remaining hearings is as follows:
Monday, February 17, 2014 7-9 p.m.
Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7-9 p.m.
Southport City Hall
201 E. Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7-9 p.m.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
59200 Museum Drive
Hatteras, NC 27943
Monday, February 24, 2014 7-9 p.m.
120 Schoolhouse Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960
At each of the hearings, a formal presentation will start the meeting.
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. Those who cannot attend one of the meetings may submit
written comments to email@example.com any
time before the end of
business February 28..Written comments carry
equal weight to verbal comments at the meetings.
In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly mandated that new ferry
acquisitions be funded through Strategic Transportation Initiative funding or
by revenue-raising initiatives such as tolling, advertising, and concessions.
The General Assembly also mandated that all tolling increases be requested by
the regional Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) or Metropolitan Planning
Organizations (MPOs) before being approved by the Board of Transportation.
In its December meeting, the Board of Transportation approved a
tolling methodology which tolls routes by distance travelled and raises
approximately five million dollars a year for ferry replacement. This
methodology includes the establishment of tolls on the Hatteras-Ocracoke,
Currituck-Knotts Island, Bayview-Aurora, and Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach
routes, as well as increases in tolls on the Southport-Fort Fisher, Cedar
Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes. The proposed rate changes
can be found on NCDOT's
All money collected will go only toward new ferry vessels. After the
public hearings, the RPOs/MPOs will decide whether to accept the toll
For more information about the upcoming meetings, please contact Jamille
Robbins, NCDOT - Human Environment Unit at (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 these
hearings. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins as
soon as possible in order for arrangements to be made.