May 9, 2014
Hatteras-Ocracoke ferries switch to
summer schedule on May 13
days are getting longer and the temperatures are getting warmer, and in
the next two weeks the North Carolina Department of Transportation's
Ferry Division will be adding boats and runs to some of its most
popular coastal routes.
On May 13, the Hatteras Inlet ferry will
be switching from hourly departures to runs every 30 minutes from both
terminals. Ferries will initially be running the longer, 55-minute
route while channel dredging continues, but the Ferry Division expects
to switch over to the original 40-minute route within weeks.
Army Corps of Engineers had to interrupt its dredging operation in
Hatteras Inlet to fix an emergency situation in Oregon Inlet, but once
that work is done the dredge will be back," said Ferry Division
Director Ed Goodwin. "We have every expectation to be running the
shorter route by the end of May."
The new Hatteras Inlet schedule will be as follows:
ferry runs will also be added to routes across Pamlico Sound on May 20.
The summer schedule includes six daily departures to and from Ocracoke
and Cedar Island, and four round trips between Ocracoke and Swan
- Departing Hatteras:
5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30 p.m.,
1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 9, 11,
- Departing Ocracoke:
4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30
p.m, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8,
9, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m.
Schedules for all NC Ferry Routes can be found here.
addition, the Ferry Division has announced a clarification in its rules
regarding Priority Pass holders on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. Rather
than requiring pass holders to be in line 15 minutes before a scheduled
departure time, residents and vendors holding priority passes will be
required to be in line when the loading process begins in order to
receive priority loading for that departure. The deadline for Priority
Pass applications is June 6.