Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF) officials have announced that a new schedule will take effect as of April 1, 2014. According to the CMLF press release, the new schedule does two important things: it adjusts the morning departures to better meet customer travel patterns from both Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware and it reinstates popular evening departures.
According to Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations, the changes were made to serve the needs of the ferry customers, but with an eye on operational efficiency. “We have customers who want to get that early travel start,” Gehrke said, “but we did not have sufficient demand to offer the 6:30 a.m. and the 8:00 a.m. departures we did in 2013. We will move our normally scheduled first four round-trips up 30 minutes from our historic departure times so that the first boat will leave Cape May at 7 a.m. and Lewes at 8:45 a.m. At the end of the day, we will again provide the evening departures – 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. – seven days a week.”
Gehrke noted that the new schedule continues to allow commercial and leisure travelers to get an earlier start on their trip. It will also make it easier for people to use the ferry for day trips, with more time for locals and visitors to explore the attractions and adventures available on the other side of the bay and still return home the same day.
For more information on the new schedule, read the full article on the Cape Gazette here.