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12/21/2017: NC Ferry Division Releases 2018 Schedules

NC Ferry Division Releases 2018 Schedules

Posted 12/21/2017 2:16:41 PM

Manns Harbor – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division released its 2018 schedules today. While similar to the 2017 schedules in terms of level of service, the Division was able to eliminate a limited number of low-ridership departures, saving taxpayers a total of $100,000 in reduced fuel costs. The changes are as follows: Elimination of the final daily run on the Currituck-Knotts Island route Elimination of four runs on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route during January and February In addition, the Currituck-Knotts Island route will close between June 7 and Aug. 6 this year only in order to perform needed renovations on ferry docks and terminals. “Every year, we assemble our schedules after careful analysis of ridership levels and consultation with local stakeholders,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “These new schedules manage to give us some cost savings and make the Ferry Division more efficient, while maintaining the levels of service that residents and visitors have come to rely on.” The system-wide 2018 North Carolina Ferry Schedule can be viewed and downloaded on the Ferry Division website. (NCDOT)
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12/13/2017: Applications for 2018 Ocracoke Vendor Priority Passes Now Available

Applications for 2018 Ocracoke Vendor Priority Passes Now Available

Posted 12/13/2017 8:48:38 AM

Hatteras – The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is now accepting applications for 2018 Vendor Priority Passes on the Hatteras Inlet route. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for the pass and be verified as a provider of regular commercial services to Ocracoke Island. The pass holder must also make at least 24 trips to Ocracoke annually. Businesses with multiple vehicles only need to purchase one pass to cover all vehicles. Applications can be found on the Ferry Division’s website or picked up in person at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal. Completed applications will take a minimum of one week for processing. Upon approval, the fees can be paid by cashier’s check or money order and the pass will be issued at the terminal. The new legislation does not affect the Ocracoke Resident Priority Passes, which are issued free to Ocracoke residents every three years. (NCDOT)
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11/6/2017: Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferries Switch to Winter Schedules Nov. 7

Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferries Switch to Winter Schedules Nov. 7

Posted 11/6/2017 11:38:18 AM

HATTERAS – As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, the time has come for the North Carolina Ferry Division’s popular Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route to switch to its winter schedules. The following schedule takes effect on Tuesday, Nov. 7: From Hatteras: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11 p.m., 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 and 10:30 p.m., 12:30 a.m. For information on schedule interruptions due to weather or mechanical issues, follow the Ferry Division on Twitter @NCDOT_Ferry. ***NCDOT***
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10/16/2017: New River Class Vehicle Ferry to Be Built

New River Class Vehicle Ferry to Be Built

Posted 10/16/2017 2:33:11 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a $9.7 million contract for construction of a new river class vehicle ferry for the N.C. Ferry Division. The vessel is due to be delivered by March 1, 2019. “This is a great first step in phasing out our smaller boats and replacing them with larger ones,” said Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas. “Eventually it will allow us to increase our capacity with the same number of scheduled trips.” The new ferry will be 183 feet long and have room for 38 regular-sized vehicles.  It will serve as a replacement for the 22-year-old M/V Thomas A. Baum, a Hatteras-class ferry that carries 26 vehicles. The contract was awarded to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. The project was funded by State Transportation Improvement Project (STIP) money awarded by the Albemarle Rural Planning Organization. Once built, the new vessel will be the Ferry Division’s first new car ferry since the M/V Sea Level was christened in 2012. (NCDOT)
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9/2/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Lays Out Future Possibilities For Hatteras-Ocracoke Route

NCDOT Ferry Division Lays Out Future Possibilities For Hatteras-Ocracoke Route

Posted 9/2/2015 12:29:57 PM

(HATTERAS) - Faced with a summertime congestion problem on its popular Hatteras-Ocracoke route, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division held meetings this week to get public input on possible solutions to ease congestion and return Ocracoke Island visitation to pre-recession levels. The meetings, held in Ocracoke on Monday and Hatteras Tuesday, are part of an NCDOT Passenger Ferry Feasibility Study that could lead to the establishment of passenger-only ferry service between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke’s Silver Lake Harbor by the summer of 2017. Theoretically, the passenger ferries would drop visitors off directly in Ocracoke Village, where Hyde County would provide tram service around the village and to attractions such as the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the British Cemetery. The passenger ferries would be in addition to the Ferry Division’s current car ferry service.  “There are a lot of moving parts here, but if they all come together, this could solve a lot of the issues for Ocracoke visitation,” said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. “It would ease the backups we have on the car ferry route, and bring more visitors with fewer cars into the village. On the surface, it seems like a win-win all around.” Other solutions are included in the study as well, such as year-round dredging of the now-closed “short” car ferry route, putting more car ferries into service on the current route, or loading more walk-on passengers onto the existing departures. But each of those comes with its own expense and logistical issues. The Passenger Ferry Feasibility Study began earlier this year and has included test runs of the possible ferry route, passenger surveys, and meetings with the public and stakeholders. It has also identified the kind of infrastructure and parking improvements that would be needed before service begins. The study is due to be complete by the end of 2015. For a complete look at the information presented at these meetings, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncdot/albums/72157658106977475 (NCDOT)
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Members of the public attend an informational meeting Monday in Ocracoke on NCDOT's Passenger Ferry Feasibility Study
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