The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s
Ferry Division last week announced two adjustments to its summer season
schedules, which will begin May 3 on the popular Hatteras-Ocracoke
route and May 24 on the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke
During summer season, the Hatteras route goes
from 18 to 36 daily departures on each side, Cedar Island goes from
three to five daily departures, and Swan Quarter goes from three to
The date for the two Pamlico Sound routes to
switch to a summer schedule was originally May 3, but traffic patterns
and reservation data shows little need for the extra runs on those
routes until schools start letting out for the summer.
“Shoulder season is getting stronger every year,”
said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin, “but our traffic data shows
that most of that early season traffic comes from the Hatteras side and
not from Pamlico Sound. By making these adjustments, we’ll be able to
meet that early season demand without running empty boats.”
The Ferry Division has also announced an amended
schedule for summer Sundays on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, running 30
departures from each side on Sundays through October 9. The
schedule change will allow ferry crews to complete weekly training
mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Sundays were selected because they
are the least traveled day on that route.
To view or download all ferry schedules for 2016, go to http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.