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4/10/2014: Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry To Adopt Modified Spring Schedule April 15

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry To Adopt Modified Spring Schedule April 15

Posted 4/10/2014 10:47:26 AM

(HATTERAS) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be switching to a modified spring schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route Tuesday, April 15, adding four scheduled daily departures from both sides while adding unscheduled shuttle service to alleviate backups when they occur. Dredging operations on the original ferry route continue in Hatteras Inlet, so the ferry will still be operating on the longer "alternate" route that takes approximately 55 minutes each way. However, the added trips are expected to greatly reduce congestion as visitors return to the Outer Banks for the 2014 season. "Our harsh winter weather significantly slowed dredging operations on both the State and Federal sides of the Inlet," said Ferry Director Ed Goodwin. "But these added trips, along with shuttles to help with backups during peak periods, will help us provide a significantly higher level of service until the short route reopens and we return to our summer schedule in May." The new schedule, effective Tuesday, April 15, is as follows: Departing Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, noon, 1 p.m., 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departing Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. The new schedule can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf. The Hatteras-Ocracoke route is the busiest of the North Carolina Ferry System's seven regular routes, carrying about 750,000 passengers each year.   ###
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4/7/2014: Ed Goodwin Named NCDOT Ferry Director

Ed Goodwin Named NCDOT Ferry Director

Posted 4/7/2014 1:51:12 PM

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation today named Ed Goodwin to lead the North Carolina Ferry Division as its new Director. Goodwin has a long history of leadership in both civilian and military positions that will be vital as the division redoubles its efforts to develop new strategies, operate more efficiently and better serve customers. Goodwin will be based at NCDOT's State Shipyard in Manns Harbor and will begin his new role April 7. Goodwin most recently served as the Eastern Regional Director in the Office of the Governor. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Chowan County Board of Commissioners and had a 21-year career as a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS). "The Ferry Division is fortunate to have Ed Goodwin as its new Director", said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson "He brings the type of visionary leadership experience that will help guide the Ferry System into the future and secure its place as a safe, reliable and efficient transportation link for Eastern North Carolina and an exceptional experience for the region's visitors." Former Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas will remain with the Ferry Division as a Deputy Ferry Director based out of Morehead City, while Deputy Ferry Director Jed Dixon will remain in his role based in Manns Harbor. Both will continue to play critical leadership roles in the day-to-day operation of the Ferry System. The North Carolina Ferry System is the second-largest state-run ferry system in the United States. It serves two million passengers annually on seven regular routes and 22 ferries across Eastern North Carolina, from Southport to Knotts Island. ***NCDOT*** 
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2/27/2014: Deadline To Obtain Hatteras Ferry Priority Pass Set For June 6

Deadline To Obtain Hatteras Ferry Priority Pass Set For June 6

Posted 2/27/2014 10:50:26 AM

HATTERAS — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has set Friday, June 6 as the deadline for vendors and businesses to obtain priority passes for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route. Vendors and businesses must verify that they are a provider of a service to Ocracoke and can apply for a priority pass if their company travels to Ocracoke at least twice a week, every week. An application must be obtained at the Hatteras terminal, appropriately filled out, and then approved by the Ferry Division before a sticker is issued and picked up by the vendor. The process to obtain the sticker takes at least one week and passes are cancelled if the sticker is not picked up at the ferry office within three weeks of the date of application. If a business misses the June 6 priority pass deadline, priority status will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Ocracoke residents will still continue to obtain their priority passes from the Ocracoke ferry terminal. For further information, contact the Hatteras terminal at 252-986-2353.
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8/28/2013: NCDOT Ferry Division Sets Sail on Facebook

NCDOT Ferry Division Sets Sail on Facebook

Posted 8/28/2013 4:08:49 PM

MANNS HARBOR – The latest news about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is now available on the most popular social media site on the web. Today, the Ferry Division launched a Facebook page to provide open dialogue and immediate communication with passengers and the public. “The North Carolina Ferry Division is more than a mode of transportation. It’s a part of the coastal experience, and our Facebook page will reflect that,” said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hass. “We will focus on must-have information such as schedule changes and emergency operations, but we’ll also work with local tourism partners to give our Facebook audience reasons to come to the coast and ride the ferries.” The page will also feature regular updates on the Ferry Division’s vessels, routes and destinations, and provide a place where people can ask questions and share their ferry experiences. The Ferry Division encourages Facebook users to go to www.facebook.com/NCFerries and “like” the page. This move will ensure all status updates on the Ferry Division page appear automatically in their News Feed.  The new Facebook page comes in addition to the Ferry Division’s Twitter feed (@NCDOT_Ferry), which updates passengers with real-time travel information and has nearly 5,100 followers. ***NCDOT***
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6/9/2013: Two Ocracoke-Cedar Island Ferry Trips Canceled due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Two Ocracoke-Cedar Island Ferry Trips Canceled due to Mechanical Issues with MV Cedar Island

Posted 6/9/2013 8:59:55 AM

  MANNS HARBOR – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has canceled two Ocracoke-Cedar Island ferry routes this afternoon due to mechanical issues with the MV Cedar Island. The 1 p.m. Ocracoke-to-Cedar Island and 4 p.m. Cedar Island-to-Ocracoke trips will not take place because there is not a ferry available. Travelers are encouraged to call the ferry terminal directly with questions about specific ferry routes or schedules.  Travelers can also call 800-293-3779 (BY-FERRY) and Press 1 for up-to-date ferry information, or sign up to receive Tweets on their personal cell phones by going to www.twitter.com/ncdot_ferry.   ***NCDOT***
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