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DOT presents potential ferry rate increases

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear residents had their voices heard Tuesday night on proposed rate hikes on the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry.

The NC Department of Transportation presented four different options for raising fees at the five of the state’s ferry routes. The increase is designed to generate an annual revenue of $5 million. The four options vary in their rate increases but all include an increase from a few dollars for ferry passengers with no vehicle to up to a $35 dollar increase for vehicles under 40 feet.

The most noticeable change is with options four and five, with prices spiking up to $500 for a commuter pass.

Southport resident, Anne Corrao, has used the ferry for the last seven years to commute to work in Fort Fisher. She says the potential increased fees for commuters would be a major hardship on her.

“To take what they want to do with the four and 500 dollars on people that are on a fixed income and people who don’t get raises regularly or whatever the case, it’s gonna kill us commuters,” Corrao said.

Several other local residents spoke out about their concerns and presented other options for generating revenue.

Members from the DOT said they are looking at adding an exclusion for rate increases on school buses. The DOT must increase rates by no later than April 1st.

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