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ocracoke passenger ferry ok’d for spring test

In response to long lines and wait times at the ferry docks in the summer, the ferry division is going ahead with plans to test a passenger-only ferry run across Hatteras Inlet to Ocracoke. This great article by Peter Vankevich writing for the Ocracoke Observer, shares the details of the plan.

“As part of the feasibility study to see if a passenger ferry option should be added to the Hatteras-Ocracoke car ferry runs, a trial is on track for this spring, Ed Goodwin, the NC Ferry Division director, announced Monday at a public meeting in the Community Center.

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Passenger ferry of the type that could be used. Photo courtesy of Bay State Cruise Company

“I attend monthly meetings in Raleigh and this is the fastest moving transportation initiative in the state,” Goodwin said. “Everyone I have spoken to has been supportive. Hopefully, the feasibility study we are doing will confirm this.”  That the Hyde County Board of Commissioners has signed a letter supporting this idea is very important, he added.

For Goodwin, it has been frustrating to see visitors get out of line due to the sometimes two-and-a-half hour wait to board a ferry during peak season.”

Read the rest of the story on the Ocracoke Observer!

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