Just in time for a round of beautiful spring weather, the North Carolina Ferry
System will be switching to a spring schedule on Tuesday, April
The new schedule, which
increases the number of daily round trips from 18 to 26, will include a new
10:30 a.m. run from Hatteras. The added departure was specifically requested by
Ocracoke restaurant owners in order to get hungry visitors to island restaurants
in time for the lunch rush.
"The business owners asked us
to fill an hour-long gap in the schedule, and we listened", said Ferry Division
Interim Director Jed Dixon. "They believe it will give daytrippers a chance to
fit a lunch stop into their visits, and we want to help them any way we
The enhanced spring schedule
will remain in effect until the peak summer schedule starts May 16. In past
years, the schedule reverted to off-season levels between Easter and the start
of the summer tourist season.
"Ocracoke is seeing more and
more shoulder season visitors every year due to fishing tournaments, fun runs
and other events, and we're doing the best we can to accommodate those extra
visitors," said Dixon.
A downloadable copy of the new
schedule is available on the Ferry Division's website.