NCDOT Increases Ferry Service To Outer Banks

Demand from visitors hoping to travel to the Outer Banks has prompted the state to increase the number of ferry departures to Ocracoke Island.

The state Department of Transportation announced that starting Saturday, there will be an additional ferry departure from Cedar Island to Ocracoke, and an additional return trip from the island.

The increased service will run on Fridays and Saturdays only until N.C. 12 is repaired. The roadway that connects the southern Outer Banks to the mainland was badly damaged by Hurricane Irene and remains closed.

The new departure will mean that on weekends there will be six runs between Ocracoke and Cedar Island.

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  • by wg Location: washington nc on Sep 24, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    As Swan Quarter is Ocracoke's county seat and so many residents have business and relatives in Hyde County, you would think that the extra run would be to Swan Quarter to help the residents. The tourists can go to that ferry as easily as the Cedar Island ferry. The people in Raleigh who make these decisions would rather serve themselves instead of serving the people of the East.
  • by Ohio Guy on Sep 16, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    I hear there's some big meeting tonight to decide if the island will be closed to visitors again. Care to validate or negate?

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