The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is switching to a winter schedule today for one of its popular summer routes. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
During the peak summer months between Memorial Day and mid-September, the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry offers 36 round trip departures per day. Now, Public Information Officer for the Ferry Division Tim Hass says they are cutting the number of runs in half.
“This is the winter schedule, so this is the lowest level of service that we do during the winter when a lot of things are shut down on the Outer Banks.”
From Hatteras, a ferry will leave on the hour between 5 and midnight, with the exception of departures at 7pm and 10pm. From Ocracoke, a ferry will leave on the half hour between 4:30 and 12:30, with the exception of a 5:30 am, 8:30 pm and 11:30 pm departure. Hass says the ferry route between Cedar Island and Ocracoke switched to the winter schedule at the end of September.