December 17, 2012


Ferries will run on abbreviated
schedule over the holidays


The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will run an amended schedule at its Cedar Island-Ocracoke, Swan Quarter-Ocracoke, Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Southport-Fort Fisher and Currituck-Knotts Island routes Dec. 24-26 as a costs savings measure.

The Bayview-Aurora route will not run an amended route, because of the need to provide service for workers at the PCS Phosphate plant and the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will continue running its current abbreviated post-Hurricane Sandy schedule.
 
The abbreviated schedules will save the Ferry Division an estimated $18,535 in fuel costs and $16,569 in labor. The decision to run a changed holiday schedule was based on previous years’ traffic data.

These amended schedules will take place Dec. 24, 25, and 26 at the locations listed.
The amended schedules are as follows:
 

Currituck-Knotts Island
Departing Currituck at 9 a.m., 11 and 1 p.m.; and
Departing Knotts Island at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
 
Hatteras Inlet
Departing Hatteras at 6 a.m., 8, 10, noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10 and midnight; and
Departing Ocracoke at 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 p.m.
 
Cedar Island-Ocracoke
Departing Cedar Island at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and
Departing Ocracoke at 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
 
Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach
Departing Cherry Branch at 5:05 a.m., 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 1:15 p.m., 2:15, 3:15, 4:15, 5:25, 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15 and 11:45; and
Departing Minnesott Beach at 5:25 a.m., 6:10, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 12:15 p.m., 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45 and 12:15 a.m.
 
Southport-Fort Fisher
Departing Southport at 7 a.m., 8:30, 10, 11:30, 1 p.m., 2:30 and 4; and
Departing Fort Fisher at 7:45 a.m., 9:15, 10:45, 12:15 p.m., 1:45, 3:15 and 4:45.
 
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke
Departing Swan Quarter at 10 a.m.; and
Departing Ocracoke at 7 a.m.



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