researching traffic patterns and consulting with coastal stakeholders,
the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division
switched to its schedule for the 2014 calendar year on Wednesday, Jan.
The schedule eliminates a handful of low-ridership runs,
but mostly makes only minor adjustments to departure times and seasonal
dates across the system’s seven regular routes.
schedule eliminates two early morning weekend runs from the
Southport-Fort Fisher route to allow for refueling and maintenance,
while also complying with Coast Guard regulations regarding staffing.
It also eliminates four off-season night runs on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route that are lightly used in the winter months.
schedule doubles down on our commitment to provide safe, convenient,
and efficient transportation to the residents and visitors of Eastern
North Carolina,” says Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “We have
adjusted our schedule based on current ridership patterns and
discussions with local government officials and business leaders. By
making these small adjustments, we expect to save the citizens of North
Carolina thousands of dollars in operating costs for the year.”
2014 schedule is available for download here. (Note: the
Hatteras-Ocracoke route is temporarily on an amended schedule due to
using the longer alternate route. It will begin the published schedule
once dredging operations are complete.)
Carolina Ferry System transports two million passengers and 850,000
vehicles annually across five bodies of water in Eastern North
Carolina. Its passengers include tourists, residents, commuters, and