April 10, 2014
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry switches to
modified spring schedule on April 15
North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be
switching to a modified spring schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route
Tuesday, April 15, adding four scheduled daily departures from both
sides while adding unscheduled shuttle service to alleviate backups
when they occur.
Dredging operations on the original ferry route
continue in Hatteras Inlet, so the ferry will still be operating on the
longer "alternate" route that takes approximately 55 minutes each way.
However, the added trips are expected to greatly reduce congestion as
visitors return to the Outer Banks for the 2014 season.
harsh winter weather significantly slowed dredging operations on both
the state and federal sides of the inlet," said Ferry Director Ed
Goodwin. "But these added trips, along with shuttles to help with
backups during peak periods, will help us provide a significantly
higher level of service until the short route reopens and we return to
our summer schedule in May."
The new schedule, effective Tuesday, April 15, is as follows:
- Departing Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, noon, 1 p.m., 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and midnight.
Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:30,
2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m.
The new schedule can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.
Hatteras-Ocracoke route is the busiest of the North Carolina Ferry
System's seven regular routes, carrying about 750,000 passengers each