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Ferry System Seeks Input on Long-Range Plan

Vehicles line up to board the ferry at Hatteras. Photo: NCDOT Ferry Division

RALEIGH —  The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry System is developing a long-range plan that will look ahead 30 years and is looking for input from its passengers.

Ferry system officials are gathering data by asking residents and visitors who have recently used the ferry system to fill out online surveys.

Questions include, “If you rode the ferry today, how long did you wait to board the ferry?” and “How satisfied are you with the cleanliness of the vessel(s) you rode today, or that you typically ride?”

The plan is to make recommendations for vessel modernization, additions to the fleet and maintenance scheduling, consider how the system can better meet the needs of customers, as well as the region’s residents, communities, businesses and visitors, using new tools, new technology and new ideas, according to the state NCDOT.

The draft long-range plan will be provided upon completion for public review and comment. At the end of the public comment period on this portion of the plan, it will be refined and forwarded to the Board of Transportation for adoption.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division operations involve 22 ferries on seven regular routes across the Currituck and Pamlico sounds as well as the Cape Fear, Neuse and Pamlico rivers.

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