Committee rejects idea of ferry tolls

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM.

A series of public hearings on the issue ended last week and Cooper said the committee knew what its decision would be.

“It was pretty clear they weren’t for tolling the ferry,” he said.

During the latest as well as previous public meetings on the issue, there has been widespread opposition to the ferry tolling plan, particularly new tolls for commuter routes.

Routes like Cherry Branch-Minnesott are highly used as a link between Pamlico and Craven counties, particularly for military and civilian commuters headed to and from work at Cherry Point.

“The ferry from Cherry Branch and Minnesott is a commuter ferry and I don’t see why it’s any different than anyone commuting to and from work on our roads,” Cooper said.

Regional transportation planning organizations are expected to consider the tolling issue for routes in their respective areas in March.

Jannette Pippin is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.

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