Ferries http://wunc.org en DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route http://wunc.org/post/dot-tests-new-ramps-emergency-ferry-route <p>In preparation for peak hurricane season, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has tested out two new ramps along its emergency ferry route. The ramps are located at Stumpy Point, on the mainland, and Rodanthe, on the Outer Banks, a route that would allow access to Hatteras Island if Highway 12 were damaged in a storm.</p><p>“We hope not to need these ramps anytime soon,” said NC Ferry Division Deputy Director Jed Dixon in a statement. “But if we do, the new ramps will provide the public safer and more reliable access to the emergency route that serves as a lifeline to Hatteras Island after a major storm.” Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:10:44 +0000 Laura Candler 21679 at http://wunc.org DOT Tests New Ramps On Emergency Ferry Route New Budget Puts Ferry Toll Decisions In Local Hands http://wunc.org/post/new-budget-puts-ferry-toll-decisions-local-hands <p>Some eastern North Carolinians are pleased with an aspect of the <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/PDF/S402v5.pdf">new state budget proposal</a>.&nbsp; State legislators have left decisions on whether to charge tolls on some coastal ferry routes in the hands of local transportation planning boards.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br>State Department of Transportation officials could only start the process to levy ferry ride charges if the planning boards sent in a written request.&nbsp; Larry Summers is a town commissioner in Oriental.&nbsp; Neuse and Pamlico ferries serve many who visit his town. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:45:15 +0000 Gurnal Scott 19498 at http://wunc.org New Budget Puts Ferry Toll Decisions In Local Hands Irene Aftermath Still Disrupting Ferry Service http://wunc.org/post/irene-aftermath-still-disrupting-ferry-service <p>The <a href="http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/">Army Corps of Engineers</a> says it will begin dredging the Hatteras Inlet channel on Saturday, and not a moment too soon for ferry passengers. Service on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route has been suspended several times since the weekend. Lucy Wallace is with the <a href="http://ncdot.gov/ferry/">North Carolina Ferry Division</a>.<br> Thu, 10 May 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2539 at http://wunc.org Hatteras Business Still Slow After Irene http://wunc.org/post/hatteras-business-still-slow-after-irene <p>Small businesses on Hatteras Island are struggling to turn a profit a month after Hurricane Irene swept across the Outer Banks. That's despite a decision from the Department of Transportation earlier this month to restart ferry service for both visitors and residents. Keith Andre owns a construction business in Frisco. He says building centers that usually provide his equipment are nearly empty.<br> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7413 at http://wunc.org