Economic Contribution of the North Carolina Ferry System

The North Carolina Ferry Division operates 21 vessels on 7 routes along the eastern coast of North Carolina. The routes serve diverse populations, ranging from routes with substantial tourist/visitor customers to routes with primarily daily commuters. The Ferry Division is also responsible for operating a fleet of support vessels which perform marine maintenance and dredging activities. Additionally, the Ferry Division operates a shipyard for vessel repairs, located in Manns Harbor. A 2010 study developed broad estimates of the economic contribution of the Ferry Division operations. A comprehensive and updated study is needed to more accurately and fully describe the contribution of the Ferry Division on the local, regional, and state economy. The project will seek to understand customer demand, customer characteristics, and the resulting economic contribution relating to usage of the NC ferry system. Additionally, this project will investigate the economic contribution of the operation of the ferry vessels, dredging activities, and the shipyard. Three essential data sets will be used to derive the economic contribution values: (1) surveys of passengers (conducted in this study), (2) traffic demand data (from the NC Ferry Division), and (3) operational and capital expenditures (from the NC Ferry Division). The final deliverables will include a route profile of traffic data and economic contribution for each of the seven routes, based on passenger spending/economic benefit derived from their use of the ferry route and the operational and capital expenditure analysis of the system.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $98882
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      North Carolina Department of Transportation

      104 Fayettville Street
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27601
    • Managing Organizations:

      North Carolina Department of Transportation

      Research and Development
      1549 Mail Service Center
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27699-1549
    • Project Managers:

      Kirby, John

    • Performing Organizations:

      North Carolina State University, Raleigh

      Institute for Transportation Research and Education
      Campus Box 8601
      Raleigh, NC  United States  27695-8601
    • Principal Investigators:

      Findley, Daniel

    • Start Date: 20170801
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01643845
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Aug 21 2017 9:46AM