September 26, 2013
Ferry System begins transition to
off-season schedules Oct. 1
Ferry System begins transition to off-season schedules Oct. 1
kids are back in school and temperatures are starting to fall. Now, the
North Carolina Ferry Division is set to conclude its 2013 summer season
by transitioning to its regular off-season schedules on four of its
popular routes beginning next week.
The following changes are effective Tuesday, Oct. 1:
Cedar Island-Ocracoke route goes from six daily departures to four,
with runs from Cedar Island at 7 a.m., 10, 1 p.m. and 4 and return
trips from Ocracoke at 7:30a.m., 10, 1 p.m., and 4.
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route is reduced from four departures to two,
with runs from Ocracoke at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and return trips from
Swan Quarter at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Southport-Fort Fisher route eliminates two of its 16 daily trips, with
departures from Southport at 5:30 a.m., 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10;45,
11:30, 1 p.m., 1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, and 6:15 and departures from
Fort Fisher at 6:15 a.m., 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10, 11:30, 12:15 p.m.,
1:45, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 4:45, 5:30, and 7.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, the ferry run between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands
switches to its regular off-season hourly departures from both
terminals between 5 a.m. and midnight, with additional departures added
The commuter routes across the Pamlico and
Neuse Rivers are unaffected by seasonal changes, and the
Currituck-Knotts Island route, which accommodates school students,
switched to an increased school year schedule in August.
had a very successful season this summer, and we’re looking for even
bigger and better things during the 2014 season,” said Ferry Division
Deputy Director Jed Dixon. “The off-season gives us an opportunity to
bring boats into the shipyard for upkeep and routine maintenance and
ensures that the entire fleet is in tip-top shape come spring.”
North Carolina Ferry Division operates 22 boats on seven routes,
transporting two million passengers a year to and from work, school,
appointments, and vacations.