SWAN QUARTER — The state ferry terminal here has a fresh new look and upgraded amenities.
North Carolina Department of Transportation and Hyde County officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new, $2 million facility for Swan Quarter ferry operations, NCDOT announced Friday.
“Whether it’s doctor’s visits, emergency evacuations or bringing visitors to our businesses, the ferry system is a lifeline for the county,” said Hyde County Manager Kris Noble in a statement. “This new building will mean a great deal to this community.”
The 8,500-square-foot building and dormitory was designed to provide more space and comfort for passengers and crew than the previous cinder block terminal, which opened shortly after the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route was established in 1977.
The new terminal has upgraded restrooms and waiting areas for passengers, and can house as many as two ferry crews, making the facility better able to house emergency operations in the case of an evacuation.
Last year, more than 70,000 passengers used the Swan Quarter-Ocracoke route, the newest of the state ferry system’s seven regular routes, established to connect Ocracoke residents with the county government.