Press Release
Hurry Up and Wait

They really mean it! Priority pass holders need to be in line 15 minutes prior to boarding. 

A message to Ocracoke residents and vendors taken from the NC Ferry System's Facebook page: 

"As we get further into the Spring and Summer months, the number of passengers on the NC Ferry System will start climbing drastically, making the efficient loading and unloading of vehicles extremely important.

Therefore, effective immediately, we are instituting the following rules for people with priority loading passes. Bottom line: If you have a priority pass, you MUST be at the terminal at least 15 minutes ahead of departure time to guarantee yourself a spot on the next departing ferry. Please forward this to anyone you know with a pass. 

The priority pass is only available on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. Businesses, services, and individuals who travel back and forth at least twice each week, every week can apply for a priority pass. The deadline to apply for a 2014 Priority Pass is June 6. For more information, call the Hatteras Terminal at 252-986-2353."

The 15-minutes early rule has always been in place, but not always enforced. I learned to my great disappointment that they are definitely enforcing it. Be aware! It can make a huge difference in your day.