MANNS HARBOR -The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division announced today that it will be putting a fifth boat into service on the Emergency Ferry route between Stumpy Point and Rodanthe. The M/V Frisco will be put into service beginning Monday, December 9. The Frisco will be making unscheduled "shuttle" trips between ferry terminals to alleviate traffic backups whenever they occur.
"We are constantly evaluating traffic patterns on the emergency route, and decided that another boat and crew is needed to help keep traffic moving during peak travel times," said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. "This will give us the flexibility to meet extra demand for ferry service when and where it occurs." The Ferry Division added two nighttime runs to scheduled service Thursday, increasing total daily capacity on scheduled runs to 912 single cars.
In addition, the Ferry Division has now established two new designated fuel truck runs on its Hatteras to Ocracoke route. The designated fuel runs will be on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a departure from Hatteras at 8 a.m. and a departure from Ocracoke at 1 p.m. Creating designated fuel runs helps ensure a constant supply of fuel for Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, as well as allowing more room for passenger vehicles on other runs. The Ferry System has already established fuel truck runs on the Emergency Route, with Tuesday and Friday departures from Stumpy Point at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Friday departures from Rodanthe at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The emergency route was activated Tuesday after NCDOT closed the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge for safety reasons. The Ferry Division will continue to monitor traffic on the route to determine if any additional schedule changes are needed.
[Photo: File of the M/V Frisco]