DOT extends peak season schedule on Pamlico Sound routes
Summer travel season is getting a little bit longer on the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry System.
North Carolina Ferry Division released its 2016 schedules this week,
and while most 2015 departure times remain intact, the Ferry
Division made a few adjustments to the timing of seasonal summer
schedules after analyzing ridership data from previous years.
Among the changes:
schedules were lengthened by four weeks on the two Pamlico Sound
routes, Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke, both of which
will now start the first week of May and end during the last week of
summer schedule was adjusted forward on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route,
starting later in the spring -- not until May 24 -- but ending later in
the fall -- on Oct. 10.
are always taking a look at ridership patterns and adjusting our
schedules accordingly,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “We’ve
noticed more ridership on our Pamlico Sound routes in the spring, with
passenger totals on the Hatteras route now staying strong into October.
We’ve made a few changes in the schedule in an effort to meet that
demand while remaining responsible with taxpayer dollars.”
only other 2016 schedule change is an added off-season weekend run on
the Southport-Fort Fisher route. No changes were made to the
Currituck-Knotts Island, Bayview-Aurora, or Cherry Branch-Minnesott
The complete 2016 schedule can be found online at http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule2016.pdf.