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8/1/2017: Back to Class! Currituck Ferry Switches to School Year Schedule Aug. 3

Back to Class! Currituck Ferry Switches to School Year Schedule Aug. 3

Posted 8/1/2017 11:36:54 AM

CURRITUCK – It may seem hard to believe, but summer break is ending this week for some Currituck County students. That means the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry route will be switching to its school year schedule on Thursday, Aug. 3. The fall schedule adjusts Monday-Friday departure times and adds an additional run in order to get Knotts Island students to and from their schools. The schedule will run until school ends on June 7, 2018. The new Monday-Friday schedule will be as follows: From Currituck: 6, 9 and 11 a.m., 1, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. From Knotts Island: 6:50 and 10 a.m., Noon, 2, 4:30 and 6:20 p.m. The schedule for weekends and holidays will be: From Currituck: 6, 9 and 11 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. From Knotts Island: 7 and 10 a.m., Noon, 3 and 5 p.m. The Currituck-Knotts Island route was established in the fall of 1962 specifically to ease the commute for Knotts Island students. It saves students and parents from taking a long, circuitous route through Virginia to get to and from the Currituck mainland. (NCDOT)
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7/29/2017: Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route to Adopt Hourly Schedule Sunday

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Route to Adopt Hourly Schedule Sunday

Posted 7/29/2017 4:18:14 PM

HATTERAS – With the mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke visitors complete, the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division will be adopting an alternate schedule on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route beginning Sunday, July 30. The Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes will remain on their regular schedules. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the North Carolina Ferry System had evacuated 3,782 people and 1,485 vehicles from the island since the evacuation order went into effect Thursday evening. Traffic at ferry terminals is now extremely light and Hyde County Emergency officials report that a vast majority of visitors have complied with the order. Starting Sunday, the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will be as follows: From Hatteras:  5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 p.m., and midnight. From Ocracoke: 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:30, 10:30 p.m., and 12:30 a.m. Visitors are reminded that Hyde County’s mandatory evacuation order for visitors remains in effect. Only residents, property owners, emergency workers, vendors, and critical infrastructure personnel with Ocracoke re-entry documentation will be allowed onto Ocracoke-bound ferries. Law enforcement officers will be on hand at ferry terminals to enforce the re-entry restrictions. The Hatteras-Ocracoke route will resume its regular summer schedule when the evacuation order is lifted. (NCDOT) 
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7/28/2017: Help Is On The Way; N.C. Ferry Division Delivering Generators to Ocracoke

Help Is On The Way; N.C. Ferry Division Delivering Generators to Ocracoke

Posted 7/28/2017 5:00:51 AM

SWAN QUARTER – The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division today loaded two 90,000-pound electrical generators bound for Ocracoke Island aboard the Motor Vessel Sea Level.  The Tideland Electrical Membership Corporation is hoping to use the generators to restore temporary power to much of the island by this evening. The Ferry Division has also scheduled regular fuel deliveries for the generators on the daily 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. ferry departures out of Swan Quarter. Passengers and vehicles will also be allowed on those ferries, but space will be limited. Meanwhile, the Ferry Division continues to assist in the mandatory evacuation of visitors from Ocracoke Island as ordered by Hyde County. As of early Friday afternoon, North Carolina Ferries had evacuated 2,386 people and 893 vehicles since the evacuation order was issued Thursday evening. While the evacuation remains in place, priority loading at Hatteras and tolls at Swan Quarter and Cedar Island are waived. In accordance with the evacuation order, only residents, property owners, emergency workers, vendors and critical infrastructure providers with Ocracoke re-entry documentation will be allowed on Ocracoke-bound ferries. Law enforcement officers are on hand at Hatteras, Swan Quarter, and Cedar Island to enforce the re-entry requirements. *** NCDOT ***
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7/27/2017: N.C. Ferry Division Assisting with Ocracoke Power Outage Evacuation

N.C. Ferry Division Assisting with Ocracoke Power Outage Evacuation

Posted 7/27/2017 6:47:05 PM

OCRACOKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division is assisting with the visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island due to an anticipated long-term power outage. Hyde County Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation order for all island visitors beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27. There is no deadline on when visitors must be off the island but Hyde County is requesting that all visitors attempt to be off the island by noon on Friday, July 28. That means that as of 5 p.m. today, only residents, property owners, emergency personnel, vendors and critical infrastructure providers with Ocracoke re-entry documentation are allowed on ferries inbound to Ocracoke. Priority boarding is suspended for all vessels leaving Ocracoke, and tolls will be waived for ferries on trips between Ocracoke and Cedar Island or Swan Quarter. Evacuation procedures will remain in effect for all Ocracoke ferries until Hyde County emergency officials lift the order. *** NCDOT ***
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6/19/2017: Limited Spots Remain For Ferry Shipyard Tours

Limited Spots Remain For Ferry Shipyard Tours

Posted 6/19/2017 7:49:54 AM

MANNS HARBOR – North Carolina residents and visitors interested in getting a rare glimpse inside the Ferry System’s shipyard in Manns Harbor will get their first of four opportunities on Thursday, June 29. Officials are giving public tours of the facility for the first time ever as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the ferry system. However, reservations are required and the tour is filling up fast. The tour will begin promptly at 10 a.m., and last about an hour. It will include a close-up view of the working shipyard where the state’s 21 ferries are repaired, maintained and painted. Participants will be required to wear hard hats (provided by the Ferry Division) and wear closed-toe footwear. Additional tours will be held on July 27, August 24, and September 28. Anyone interested in reserving a spot on any of the tours should email Tim Hass at tdhass@ncdot.gov.    (NCDOT)
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