Now that spring is on the horizon, more daily departures are being added between Hatteras, Cedar Island and Swan Quarter ferry terminals and Ocracoke.
The Ocracoke-Cedar Island and Ocracoke-Swan Quarter routes will increase daily departures from two to three from each side per day starting Tuesday and the Hatteras-Ocracoke route will go from 14 to 18 departures from each side per day, state Department of Transportation officials said Monday.
The following is the new schedule effective Tuesday:
Cedar Island to Ocracoke: 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke to Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter to Ocracoke: 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke to Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Hatteras to Ocracoke: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight.
Ocracoke to Hatteras: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.
The Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes will remain on these schedules through May 23, when the routes will go to a full summer schedule.
The Hatteras route will add more departures on April 5 before going to a full summer schedule May 17.
The complete schedule is available online.