The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry System will be realigning schedules on several routes in February and March to devote more resources to its spring and summer schedules.
The changes will affect lesser-traveled departures on the Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach, Bayview-Aurora, Currituck-Knotts Island, Swan Quarter-Ocracoke, and Cedar Island-Ocracoke routes between Feb. 6 and March 25.
The schedules can be viewed and downloaded here. Hatteras and Ocracoke schedules are also posted in the image below.
On March 26, the affected routes will have a higher service level designed to better match demand.
“This schedule realignment will allow us to run improved schedules when they’re needed most, in the busier months,” said interim Ferry Division Director Jed Dixon.
Meanwhile, the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will remain on its current winter schedule through March 5, while the Ferry Division awaits the results of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project in Sloop Channel, a shallow area just outside the Ocracoke-South Dock Terminal.
Once dredging is complete, the division will assess channel conditions and determine the number of possible departures that can be safely run on that route.
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