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Ferry Division Announces Alternate Schedules

The state offers six ferries that cross inlets, rivers and sounds. Photo: www.visitnc.com

The state Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division has adopted an alternate schedule to begin Friday for the ferry system in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

NCDOT announced Thursday afternoon the new schedules that will allow for deeper cleaning of ferry vessels, while also adapting to lower demand for ferry travel as schools are closed and people remain at home during the outbreak.

These schedules will remain in place until further notice. For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

Travelers should keep in mind that visitors will not be allowed to board Ocracoke-bound ferries due to an emergency declaration issued Wednesday by Hyde County. The restriction on visitors began at 5 p.m. Thursday. Additionally, the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry is closed for ramp replacement project.

The following new ferry schedules are effective Friday:

Currituck-Knotts Island

  • From Currituck: 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
  • From Knotts Island: 6:50 a.m., 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach

  • From Cherry Branch: 5 a.m., 5:45 a.m., 6:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • From Minnesott Beach: 5:25 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Bayview-Aurora

  • From Bayview: 5:45 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.
  • From Aurora: 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Hatteras-Ocracoke

  • From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight
  • From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Cedar Island-Ocracoke

  • From Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Swan Quarter-Ocracoke

  • From Swan Quarter: 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

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