December 11, 2013
Ferry Division adds evening
run on Emergency Route
hearing from Hatteras Island commuters about the need for an additional
early evening run on the Emergency Route between Stumpy Point and
Rodanthe, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry
Division has agreed to add a 6:15 p.m. departure from Stumpy Point and
an 8:45 departure from Rodanthe beginning Thursday.
commuter concerns were raised at a community meeting Tuesday night in
Buxton. “People told us they were having trouble making the 5 p.m. run
out of Stumpy Point, and we decided they were right,” said Ferry
Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon. “This additional run will allow
those people to get to their homes and families on Hatteras at a
The run will especially accommodate those folks who live on the island and work up the beach or vice versa.
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 12, The new schedule for the Emergency Route will be 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, 6:15, 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, 8:45, and midnight.
additional round-trip also increases the Ferry Systems scheduled daily
capacity to 968 single cars. There will still be unscheduled “shuttle”
trips to alleviate traffic backups when they occur. The Ferry Division
will continue to monitor traffic levels and adjust schedules when and
The emergency route was activated Dec. 3
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.
Other ferry routes have also been changed during the bridge closure.
The newest schedule is:
- 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.
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