Sunday, December 10, 2023

VDOT begins ‘phased approach’ to return to normal operations of Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of VDOT)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of VDOT)

VDOT will start its “phased” return to standard operation of the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, “with frequency of ferry service increasing on Friday, May 15.”

The ferry will begin two-boat service hours from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. effective Friday, according to a news release from VDOT:

  • From 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily: vessels leave both sides on the hour and half-hour.
  • All other times: vessel leaves Scotland on the hour and Jamestown on the half-hour.

According to VDOT, ferry bathrooms and the salon area remain closed to the public until further notice.

Drivers and passengers are asked to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip. VDOT will continue to monitor and respond to travel needs as necessary.

The Pocahontas, which has the same capacity as the Powhatan, is at the shipyard getting re-powered, a project that has been in the works for several years, VDOT officials said.

For ferry traffic updates and operational status, call 800-VA-Ferry.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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