ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ Crossing the Connecticut River will get more expensive.
The state Department of Transportation is increasing fares in two stages. The first increase is scheduled to occur July 8. The second stage will take effect at the beginning of next year’s ferry season.

As of Monday, weekday vehicle fares for the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferries will increase from the current $3 to $4 per crossing. The weekend fare for vehicles will increase from $3 to $5.

Fares for walk-on passengers and bicyclists will increase from $1 per crossing to $2.

The price of a discount coupon book will increase from $40 for 20 tickets to $50.

DOT officials have said the increases are needed to offset rising operating costs. Fares have not been increased since 2003.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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