Legislators could review new ferry tolls

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 23:56 PM.

Brown also expects the issue to come up for discussion again in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

Also part of the discussion is the increase of fees on some of the state’s sound-class ferries, which are used primarily by tourists, and lack of fares on others.

The ferry routes between Cedar Island and Ocracoke and Swan Quarter to Ocracoke are slated to increase. No fares exist for the Currituck-Knotts Island or the Ocracoke-Hatteras route, which has the largest number of riders in the state.

The General Assembly’s 2011 mandate stated there be no fees established on the two routes, something that has been criticized.

Brown said it’s an issue of fairness.

"If you are going to put a fare on one, you have to put a toll on all," he said.

Sanderson said he would rather not see a toll on any of the ferries.



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