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State lawmakers debating ferry tolls

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

Ferry tolls are set to go up this summer, but it's not a done deal yet.

State transportation secretary Tony Tata says lawmakers at the state capital are debating an alternative to ferry tolls, or abolishing them altogether.

Tata was the guest speaker at a meeting in New Bern of the Highway 17 Association on Tuesday.

Tolls are expected to go up on three ferry lines in our state and begin for the first time on two others. The DOT head stopped short of saying he opposes the tolls.

"My stance is that ferries are similar to roads. If there's only one way to get there, we probably need to take into consideration that if there's no way to get there, then there probably shouldn't be a toll," said Tata.

On Tuesday the House Transportation Committee in Raleigh was scheduled to discuss a bill that would abolish all ferry tolls, but that discussion has been delayed.

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