Ocracoke Update:  Life without a highway
January 3, 2008

New Ocracoke winter ferry schedules

To help accommodate traffic to and from Ocracoke during the bridge replacement project this winter, the North Carolina Ferry Division has made changes in the Cedar Island, Swan Quarter, and Hatteras routes to Ocracoke.
The schedules are expected to be in place from Jan. 2 until March 15


A vessel will leave each side at 5 a.m. and run every other hour from each side until 9 p.m. Ferries will leave Ocracoke on the even hours and will leave Hatteras on the odd hours.  The last vessel will leave Hatteras at 9 p.m. and tie up at Ocracoke to be in place for an emergency during the night.

    Leave Ocracoke        Leave Hatteras
    5 a.m.                5 a.m.
    6 a.m.                7 a.m.
    8 a.m.  (etc.)             9 a.m. (etc.)
    8 p.m. – last run        9 p.m. – last run

Ocracoke-Swan Quarter

Same schedule as summer:
Leaving Ocracoke: 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Leaving Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Tolls will be waived on the Ocracoke-Swan Quarter ferry for Ocracoke residents and vendors.

Ocracoke-Cedar Island

New schedule for this winter:
Leaving Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Leaving Cedar Island: 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.

The Tuesday at 7 a.m. ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke will be designated for LP Gas and gasoline trucks. The Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. ferries from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter will be designated for their return. This will limit the passengers allowed on the vessel.


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