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9/23/2016: N.C. Ferry System Begins Transition To Off-Season Schedules Next Week

N.C. Ferry System Begins Transition To Off-Season Schedules Next Week

Posted 9/23/2016 11:24:44 AM

MANNS HARBOR – With the kids back in school, temperatures falling and days getting shorter, the annual transition to off-season schedules will begin next week for the North Carolina Ferry System. Over the next six weeks, several gradual schedule changes will occur on four of the ferry system’s seven routes: Pamlico Sound: Both the Cedar Island-Ocracoke and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke routes will begin their off-season schedules on Sept. 27. Both routes will run three round trips daily. Southport-Fort Fisher: The Southport route will switch to an off-season schedule Oct. 1, dropping from 16 weekday round trips to 14. Weekend schedules will not be affected. Hatteras-Ocracoke: The popular Hatteras Inlet route will switch to a fall schedule on Oct. 11, going from 36 round trips daily to 26. On Nov. 8, the route will go to a winter schedule, making 18 round trips daily. The Cherry Branch and Pamlico River routes do not change seasonally, and the Currituck-Knotts Island route remains on the same schedule throughout the school year. For a printable 2016 ferry schedule, go to https://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf (NCDOT)
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9/8/2016: NC Ferry Crew Honored For Charter Rescue

NC Ferry Crew Honored For Charter Rescue

Posted 9/8/2016 3:15:41 PM

Raleigh – The North Carolina Board of Transportation today awarded the crew of the N.C. Ferry System’s M/V Swan Quarter with an Extra Mile Award for its actions responding to a fire on a nearby charter vessel in July. The Swan Quarter had just departed Ocracoke when it received a distress call just before 2 p.m. on July 5 from the Sea Doodle, a local charter boat, saying the boat was on fire. Captain David Gaskill immediately altered course to go to the aid of the burning boat. With the rest of the ferry crew standing by on the Swan Quarter’s fire hoses, crew members Taylor Daniels and Bobby Martin used a rescue boat to deliver fire extinguishers to the Sea Doodle, which enabled the charter’s crew to put out the fire. The Coast Guard arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, and the ferry returned to its scheduled service.  “This crew used its extensive training to avert a potentially tragic situation on the water”, said N.C. Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “The crew’s quick response prevented a dangerous and life-threatening situation from getting out of control.” Receiving the award today were Gaskill, Daniels, and Martin, along with fellow crew members Jeremy Mooney, Benji Hart, Mitchell Russell and Joe Young. ***NCDOT***
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(CAPTION: The M/V Swan Quarter)
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8/25/2016: Currituck Ferry Terminal Offices Moving Friday

Currituck Ferry Terminal Offices Moving Friday

Posted 8/25/2016 11:23:50 AM

Currituck, NC – August 26 is moving day for the staff at the Currituck Ferry Terminal, as workers relocate from the old terminal building to a brand new terminal and visitor center across the street. Friday’s activity will have no affect on scheduled ferry service on the Currituck-Knotts Island route, but the address and phone number for the Currituck Sound Ferry will change. The new information is: Currituck Sound Ferry Terminal 175 Courthouse Road Currituck, NC 27929 (252) 232-1435 The new building, dedicated last week by N.C. Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and other state and local officials, houses ferry offices, a visitor rest area, public meeting space and exhibit space for information on Currituck County’s history and culture. (NCDOT)
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6/29/2016: Passenger Ferry Study Released At DOT Board Meeting

Passenger Ferry Study Released At DOT Board Meeting

Posted 6/29/2016 9:24:25 AM

Raleigh - Summer congestion on the North Carolina Ferry Division’s Hatteras route could be significantly relieved by two passenger-only ferries, according to the results of a study done for the state. The Ferry Division unveiled those results today at the Board of Transportation’s Multi-Modal committee meeting in Raleigh. The study by infrastructure engineering company Volkert recommends two 100-passenger ferries making eight round-trips a day between Hatteras and Ocracoke Village. It also recommends a $15 round-trip toll, as well as a transit loop run by Hyde County to take visitors from the terminal through Ocracoke Village and to various island attractions such as the lighthouse and the National Park Service’s Pony Pens. “We want to thank Volkert for the time and effort they put into this study,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “It is a very thorough and comprehensive document that lays out the opportunities and challenges we face at Hatteras in the summer travel season. It gives us many things to consider as we move forward.” The study involved a year-long look at ferry service between Ocracoke and Hatteras, and included several meetings with local residents, as well as passenger surveys during the peak of the summer. The study also included a trial run by the Provincetown III, a ferry that spends its summers taking passengers between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts. The study examined four other alternatives to relieve the Hatteras congestion problem, including a year-round dredging program to return to the original “short route”, an increased number of departures on the current route, encouraging walk-on passengers on the current route, and a passenger ferry to the Division’s South Dock Terminal.  The study concluded that the passenger ferry to Ocracoke Village would be the safest, most efficient option, and that 25 percent of current ferry riders would take the passenger ferry service and be willing to pay a $15 round-trip toll. The study notes that infrastructure improvements, including passenger terminals, parking areas, and pedestrian transit on Ocracoke are needed before any such service can begin. A full copy of the Passenger Ferry Feasibility Study is on the NCDOT website. ***NCDOT***
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The Provincetown III visits Ocracoke on a passenger ferry trial run in May 2015.
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5/2/2016: N.C. Ferry System Begins Summer Schedule Switch May 3

N.C. Ferry System Begins Summer Schedule Switch May 3

Posted 5/2/2016 3:49:21 PM

Manns Harbor - As seasonal visitors begin their summer treks to the North Carolina coast, the North Carolina Ferry System is switching to peak season schedules on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route Tuesday, May 3. The number of daily trips on the route will double from 18 departures from each side to 36. The summer schedule will run through October 10. In addition, the Ferry Division is once again encouraging travelers to make their trips to Ocracoke Island earlier in the day to avoid peak travel times that can sometimes lead to long wait times. “Our statistics show that people who arrive at Hatteras before 9 a.m. can usually avoid long lines,” said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hass, “and if they travel between Friday and Monday have an even better chance of getting onto a ferry quickly.” Three weeks later, the Ferry Division will also increase Ocracoke access via its Pamlico Sound routes, with five daily round trips from Cedar Island and four from Swan Quarter beginning May 24. Those summer schedules will last through Sept. 26. “We look forward to serving thousands of residents and visitors this summer on all our routes,” said Ferry Division director Ed Goodwin. “There’s no better place to spend time in the summer than the North Carolina coast, and the Ferry System is very proud to be a part of that experience.” Schedules for all seven of the North Carolina Ferry System’s routes can be found at: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf ***NCDOT***
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