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.