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NCDOT sets ferry tolls, won’t charge new rates now

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina transportation officials have set new tolls on ferry routes, but won’t charge the new rates for now.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that proposed ferry rates unveiled Wednesday would charge pedestrians and vehicle passengers who now ride free on ferries.

The boats already charge vehicles and their drivers.

The state budget adopted last year over Perdue’s veto ordered DOT to start collecting fares on two toll-free river ferries used mostly by commuters, and to set higher rates on three routes where tolls are collected now.

The new rates were supposed to take effect next month, but Perdue ordered a one-year delay.

Transportation Department ferry officials expect they’ll be told to collect the new tolls but it’s not clear when.

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