Temporary schedule changes made on several ferry routes

Published 12:58 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry System has announced it will be realigning schedules on several routes in February and March to devote more resources to its spring and summer schedules.

“The changes will affect lesser-traveled departures on the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Bayview-Aurora, Currituck-Knotts Island, Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes between Feb. 6 and March 25. The schedules can be viewed and downloaded here. On March 26, the affected routes will enjoy a robust service level designed to better match demand,” stated a news release from NCDOT.

“This schedule realignment will allow us to run improved schedules when they’re needed most, in the busier months,” said interim Ferry Division director Jed Dixon.

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The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will remain on its current winter schedule through March 5, while the Ferry Division awaits results of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project in Sloop Channel, a shallow area just outside the Ocracoke-South Dock Terminal. Once dredging is complete, the division will assess channel conditions and determine the number of possible departures that can be safely run on that route, stated the release.

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