HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials have scheduled two public sessions to answer questions about their plans to close two historic ferry services, including one that has been operating for more than 350 years.

Residents and town officials are trying to block budget-cutting plans to end the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferry services. State officials say $800,000 could be saved over two years, part of a broader effort to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.

The ferry between Glastonbury and Rocky Hill has been in service since 1655, and the Chester-Hadlyme ferry has been running since 1769.

The state Department of Transportation’s forums to discuss the planned closings are scheduled at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Rocky Hill town hall, and again at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Chester Meeting House.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Jonas Grumby says:

    Better than shutting them down, sell the boats to a private company, which should be able to charge a fair fare and earn a profit. Ferry riders would be willing to pay more for a needed service. Unfortunately, the State of Connecticut would likely set up a toll gate at the ferry dock, making the total fees cost-prohibitive, much like taxes, energy costs, and other fees on Connecticut businesses.

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