fast ferries for ocracoke?
Faced with a channel that cannot be kept open and a 75 minute ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke, NCDOT is taking a hard look at a high speed passenger ferries that would connect directly to Silver Lake. This article from Bruce Siceloff writing for the Raleigh News & Observer does a great job of looking at the issues.
“A different kind of traffic jam is causing headaches on the Outer Banks, and a different kind of public transit might provide the remedy.
We’re talking ferry boats here.
Hoping to unclog long queues of summer tourists who wait hours to board the slow car ferry at Hatteras, the state Department of Transportation says it will consider adding a faster, new kind of ferry that would take greater numbers of passengers to Ocracoke – without their cars.”