North Carolina Ferry Division http://wunc.org en Five Things You Should Know About NC's Proposed Ferry Toll Hikes http://wunc.org/post/five-things-you-should-know-about-ncs-proposed-ferry-toll-hikes <p>The NC Department of Transportation is holding hearings this week on whether or not to raise the cost of riding the state's ferries (even in places where it's currently free). Here are five things you should know about the plan.</p><p><strong>1) Nearly everyone would pay a little more; Some would pay a lot more.</strong></p><p>There are four ferry routes at play here. Two of them don't currently charge passengers at all. Under the new structure, rates would go up anywhere from $0.50 to $28, basically everywhere, depending on your route and the size of your vehicle.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 29980 at http://wunc.org Five Things You Should Know About NC's Proposed Ferry Toll Hikes Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line? http://wunc.org/post/could-nc-soon-have-pepsi-cola-ferry-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers has introduced</span><a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2013&amp;DocNum=2333&amp;SeqNum=0" style="line-height: 1.5;"> a bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would allow for sponsorship of ferry lines along the North Carolina coast.</span></p><p>Last year the state’s seven ferry lines ran a deficit of more than $30 million. The ferry system is consistently in the red, and fuel costs are only making it worse. Leaders have discussed raising fares, but a new bill would avoid that by seeking about $4 million in sponsorship from large corporations. Think the Pepsi-Cola line instead of Hatteras-Ocracoke.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:02:58 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 13020 at http://wunc.org Could NC Soon Have A Pepsi-Cola Ferry Line? NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects http://wunc.org/post/nc-dot-revisits-outer-banks-transportation-projects <p>The North Carolina DOT starts a series of public meetings Monday to get feedback about its plans for Highway 12 and new ferry tolls on the Outer Banks.&nbsp;</p><p>The DOT said Monday it would add one departure time to the ferry from Swan Quarter to Ocracoke Island as more over-wash covers Highway 12.&nbsp; The route faces intermittent closures after last week's winter storm flooded the highway.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:30:59 +0000 Will Michaels 11811 at http://wunc.org NC DOT Revisits Outer Banks Transportation Projects NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke http://wunc.org/post/nc-ferry-division-eyes-alternate-route-between-hatteras-and-ocracoke <p>Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands could resume as early as this week with an alternate route.&nbsp; The state Department of Transportation says surveyors have identified a longer channel that could allow ferries to pass.&nbsp; Service has been spotty or suspended since Hurricane Sandy and two nor'easters made the normal route impassible during low tides.&nbsp; DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the agency hopes to reopen the route quickly to let traffic flow to an area that relies heavily on tourism from Spring to Fall.<br> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:36:46 +0000 Will Michaels 10583 at http://wunc.org NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Suspensions Likely To Continue For Weeks http://wunc.org/post/hatteras-ocracoke-ferry-suspensions-likely-continue-weeks <p></p><p>The North Carolina Ferry Division says service remains spotty between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. State transportation officials have been suspending service on a daily basis since a series of storms in November. Ferry Division spokeswoman Lucy Wallace says the channel routinely experiences shallow waters after high winds and heavy rain:</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:19:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7301 at http://wunc.org Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry Suspensions Likely To Continue For Weeks Ferry Improvements Coming for Cape Lookout http://wunc.org/post/ferry-improvements-coming-cape-lookout <p></p><p>Ferry Service on the southern end of the <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm">Cape Lookout National Seashore</a></span> will be getting an upgrade. Officials are planning new passenger service to the Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout Lighthouse from either Beaufort or Morehead City. Wouter Kaytel from the National Park Service says the NPS plans to join forces with either of the two communities to streamline services and offer contracts to potential vendors. A public meeting will be held tomorrow night to gather feedback from residents.</p><p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 22:08:00 +0000 Catherine Brand 10083 at http://wunc.org Ferry Improvements Coming for Cape Lookout