The recent proposal to double fees for those who ride the two Connecticut River ferries has caused many in our region to question the effect that such a steep rate increase will have on the viability of our historic ferries. We share that concern.
We understand the need to supplement the income generated by the ferries in order to maintain our local treasure; however, the fear is that doubling the fees will have the opposite effect, discourage ridership and lead to their eventual closure. There are alternative ways to increase income that must be explored before resorting to the current proposed rate increase.
In order to explore some possible options, we have scheduled meetings with members of the Hadlyme Public Hall Association and the Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker to be held next week. We will also do our best to make the hearing in Chester on May 22nd although legislative session may prevent our presence. This issue is a priority for us and we want you to know we have taken an active interest in it.
If you would like to voice an opinion on the proposed rate increase please feel free to contact our office by calling 1-800-842-1423 or email us at Marilyn.Giuliano@housegop.ct.gov and Melissa. Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov.
Marilyn Giuliano Melissa Ziobron
State Representative- 23rd District State Representative – 34th District
Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton