Summer traffic on the Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry route has picked up prompting the N.C. Ferry Division to add more runs. Photo: C. Leinbach

HATTERAS – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will increase service on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route on June 16 in order to help meet higher summer travel demand.

The schedule change will increase the number of daily departures from 36 to 52. The schedule will be as follows:

From Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.

From Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and midnight.

These schedules will remain in place until further notice.

Passengers are still strongly encouraged to practice COVID-19 safety measures, including remaining in vehicles if possible, wearing face coverings and remaining six feet apart from other passengers and crew when out on the ferry decks.