RALEIGH, N.C. — An effort to do away with tolls on North Carolina’s coastal ferries likely will end up in the state House budget after a policy committee voted to eliminate them. But the Senate may not be on board with it.
The House Transportation Committee recommended Tuesday the idea emerging from a chamber study committee this spring. It seeks to end wrangling between the House and Senate over tolling on the state’s seven ferry routes, three of which currently require fees.
Rep. Paul Tine of Dare County says motorists transported by the ferry fleet shouldn’t be treated differently than drivers on most roads and highways. The bill also allocates $13 million annually for ferry system improvements.
Senate budget-writer Bill Rabon of Brunswick County says he supports the current ferry funding system.