All eight Port Aransas ferries will be available during the busy Spring Break period of March 10-18, according to a ferry system spokesman.
Seven vessels will be run at a time, with the eighth on standby in case it’s needed, said Aaron Ames, the spokesman.
Maintenance staff will work extended hours to address problems as they arise and take care of fueling and preventative maintenance, Ames said .
Work to replace wood fenders and pilings has meant closing multiple ramps over the course of the past several weeks. However, during Spring Break, only one ramp will be out of service during the week, and all of the ramps will be in use on weekends, when traffic is at its peak, Ames said.
Passengers will be greeted with a new amenity when they ride. Efforts have been underway since the beginning of the year to wire the landings and ferries for satellite radio to make potential waits for ferries more tolerable, Ames said. Music will play from speakers at the landings and aboard the ferries.
Here’s how to avoid long ferry lines: A golf cart will shuttle riders from the parkand ride lot on Harbor Island to the ferry landings. The cart will run from 5:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.