Residents Concerned with CT River Ferry Fare Hike

The state owned and operated ferry crosses the Connecticut River beneath Gillette Castle State Park. The vessel can carry 8-9 cars and 49 passengers. Photo/Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism

Residents of Chester and Lyme, Connecticut are asking state Department of Transportation officials to compromise on a proposed fare increase for ferries crossing the Connecticut River.

According to, officials have proposed doubling the fare for the historic Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, while residents are pushing for a smaller fare increase. Officials have proposed raising the fares for the Chester-Hadlyme and Glastonbury-Rocky Hill ferries from $3 to $6 for vehicles and $1 to $2 for walk-on passengers. Monthly coupon books for frequent users would also double from $40 to $80. Informational meetings on the proposal were held this week in Chester and Rocky Hill.

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