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One more year of toll-free rides on the Minnesott-Cherry Branch ferry… but not for the Aurora ferry. That’s what Republican leaders in the House and Senate yesterday hammered out in the budget for the coming fiscal year.
As we reported last week, the House wanted a one-year delay in the tolls for both of the commuter ferries serving this peninsula, while the Senate Republicans voted to charge a toll on all 7 ferry routes in the state.
According to the News and Observer, the plan — to be voted on by both chambers — gives a one-year reprieve only for riders on the Minnesott ferry. Those taking the Pamlico River ferry will have to pay. One rate that has been spoken of is $10 per ride, but it’s not confirmed if that will be the case.
While commuters on that ferry will pay to go to work, and while tolls could be charged on the Minnesott commuter ferry a year from now, the GOP plan, calls for the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry – used largely by vacationers — and a ferry in Currituck County
Read more here: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/crosstown/house-senate-transportation-budget-cuts-toll-money-raises-ferry-tolls-kills-rail-transit-f#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy