December 6, 2013
DOT adds more ferries on
emergency and Swan Quarter routes
consulting with passengers and officials from Dare and Hyde counties,
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has
established additional runs on its Stumpy Point-Rodanthe and Swan
Quarter-Ocracoke routes to help increase access to Hatteras and
Ocracoke islands during the closure of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.
are always monitoring traffic flow and consulting with local
stakeholders to determine how we can better serve our passengers,” said
Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon. “These additional runs will
hopefully alleviate some of the hardships the Bonner Bridge closure has
Beginning yesterday, the Ferry Division added
added departures from Stumpy Point at 11 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., and from
Rodanthe at midnight and 1:30 a.m. The new schedule for the Emergency
Route is now as follows: Departing from Stumpy Point: 3:30 a.m., 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30, 11, 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 5, 9:30, and 11. Departing from Rodanthe: 1:30 a.m., 6, 7:30, 9, 10:30, noon, 1:30 p.m, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, and midnight.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division
announced today that it will be putting a fifth boat into service on
the Emergency Ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. The M/V
Frisco will be put into service beginning Monday, Dec. 9. The Frisco
will be making unscheduled “shuttle” trips between ferry terminals to
alleviate traffic backups whenever they occur.
constantly evaluating traffic patterns on the emergency route, and
decided that another boat and crew is needed to help keep traffic
moving during peak travel times,” said Ferry Division Director Harold
Thomas. “This will give us the flexibility to meet extra demand for
ferry service when and where it occurs.”
The total daily capacity on scheduled Emergency Route runs is now 912 single cars.
addition, fuel supply trucks will have designated runs on Tuesdays and
Fridays from Stumpy Point at 5 a.m. and from Rodanthe at 10:30a.m. and
4:30 p.m. This will allow more deck space for regular vehicles on the
The Ferry Division is also amending its
regular Pamlico Sound schedule, adding another round trip to its Swan
Quarter-Ocracoke route beginning Tuesday, Dec. 10, with an additional
departure from Ocracoke at 7 p.m. and from Swan Quarter at 10 p.m. The
new schedule for our regular Pamlico Sound routes will be as follows:
Departing from Swan Quarter: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4, and 10.
Departing from Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10, 12:45 p.m, and 7.
Departing from Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m, 10, and 4 p.m.
Departing from Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m, 1 p.m., and 4.
addition, residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as well as
emergency personnel and vendors, will have tolls waived on Pamlico
Sound routes between Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter.
the boats and crews needed for the emergency route will also mean fewer
boats and crews for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. The new schedule on
that route is as follows:
Departing Ocracoke: 5 a.m., 7, 9, 11, 1 p.m., 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Departing Hatteras: 6 a.m., 8, 10, Noon, 2 p.m., 4, 6, 8, 10, and midnight.
addition, the Ferry Division has now established two new designated
fuel truck runs on its Hatteras to Ocracoke route. The designated fuel
runs will be on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a departure from Hatteras at
8 a.m. and a departure from Ocracoke at 1 p.m. Creating designated fuel
runs helps ensure a constant supply of fuel for Hatteras and Ocracoke
islands, as well as allowing more room for passenger vehicles on other
The emergency route was activated Tuesday after NCDOT
closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge for safety reasons. The Ferry
Division will continue to monitor traffic on the route to determine if
any additional runs are needed.