Ferry system prepares to ramp up summer service
MANN'S HARBOR, Dare County - The North Carolina Ferry System is preparing to add extra ferry service to begin its summer schedule on May 16.
The Hatteras-Ocracoke route moves from 28 to 36 round-trip departures daily, with unscheduled runs possible should backups occur. Officials say it is helpful to arrive early on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to avoid the late-morning traffic glut at the Hatteras location.
A week after the Hatteras route gets increased service, the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route will move from three daily trips to four and the Cedar Island-Ocracoke route will go from three routes to five.
"Like any other mode of transportation, the ferry system has peak travel periods in the summer when the wait will be longer," said Ferry Division Interim Director Jed Dixon. "By avoiding those peak times, travelers can get to their destinations much faster."
Motorists headed to Cedar Island are advised to leave early, due to road construction on U.S. 70 and N.C. 12, which may cause delays of up to 30 minutes.
A printable schedule for all seven of the Ferry System's routes is available online at www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf.