Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ferry schedules to be cut

The News & Observer's Bruce Siceloff is reporting that budget constraints will lead to the N.C. DOT's Ferry Division to cut some ferry schedules this summer.

"The changes will affect tourists and fishermen who take the Pamlico Sound ferries to Ocracoke Island, and commuters who use the Cherry Branch - Minnesott Beach and Bayview - Aurora river ferries," Siceloff writes.

"The Pamilco Sound toll ferry, which usually adds more runs for the busy summer season, will stay on its reduced winter schedule this year: four round trips daily (instead of the usual six) between Cedar Island and Ocracoke, and two trips (instead of four) between Swan Quarter and Ocracoke. ..."

Go to www.ncferry.org or call 1-800-293-3779 for more information.

One of the "neatest" (do people still say "neat"?) things about North Carolina's ferry system is the fact that the vessels are named after the state's colleges and universities, as these photos show the Duke and N.C. State ferries, respectively, proving that the ferries are named for private and public schools.

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