Hurricane Irene Aftermath
October 11, 2011
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Ferries returning to normal runs; emergency ferry discontinued

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division routes serving Ocracoke Island will return to normal fall schedules beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11, following the reopening of Highway 12 on Hatteras Island.

However, two departures on the Pamlico Sound routes will be missed Wed., Oct. 12, due to a scheduled U.S. Coast Guard inspection.
The emergency ferry route set up post-Irene between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe will be officially shut down today when Highway officially reopens.

Also, the temporary toll waivers provided for Ocracoke and Hatteras Island residents will end on Oct. 11.
The Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes will return to normal schedules except for Wednesday when the 7 a.m. departure from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke and the 10 a.m. departure from Ocracoke to Cedar Island will be missed, due to a scheduled USCG inspection of the Motor Vessel Pamlico. These departures have been blocked out for reservations.
The Cedar Island-Ocracoke Fall schedule is:
  • Departing Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke Fall schedule is:
  • Departing Swan Quarter at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and
  • Departing Ocracoke at 6:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule is:
  • Departing Hatteras and Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and then departing every half hour through 7 p.m. when departures return to hourly through midnight.
These schedules will remain in place until Nov. 1, 2011, when the winter schedule begins. These schedules are available online at
For further schedule information and updates, please call (800) 293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and press 1 or sign up to receive schedule updates on Twitter at

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