February 10, 2014
NCDOT reschedules ferry toll hearings
again, including one on Ocracoke
North Carolina Department of Transportation has rescheduled two of its
public hearings on ferry tolls because of winter weather forecast to
hit the state this week.
The Morehead City hearing, originally
scheduled for Feb. 11, will instead be held Feb. 17 at the Crystal
Coast Civic Center. The Ocracoke hearing, originally scheduled for Feb.
12, has been rescheduled for Feb. 24 at the Ocracoke School.
week, public hearings were held in Knotts Island, Washington, and
Grantsboro. The schedule for the remaining hearings is as follows:
Thursday, February 13, 7-9 p.m.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
59200 Museum Drive
Hatteras, NC 27943
Monday, February 17, 7-9 p.m.
Crystal Coast Civic Center
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Tuesday, February 18, 7-9 p.m.
Southport City Hall
201 E. Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461
Monday, February 24, 7-9 p.m.
120 Schoolhouse Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960
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 protected] any time before the end of business Feb. 28..Written comments carry equal weight to verbal comments at the meetings.
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 $5
million 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 Ferry website.
collected will go only toward new ferry vessels. After the public
hearings, the RPOs/MPOs will decide whether to accept the toll changes.
For more information about the upcoming meetings, please
contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT - Human Environment Unit at 919 707-6085
or [email protected].
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.