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Ocracoke Express ferry to resume service July 3

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 21:25:53-04

OCRACOKE, N.C. – Attention, passengers!

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division will resume passenger ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands on Friday, July 3 after the final approval of Senate Bill 750, which includes up to $1.14 million to lease and operate the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry through Sept. 10.

The ferry will make three daily round trips between Hatteras and the Silver Lake Terminal, located in Ocracoke Village.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • From Hatteras: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • From Ocracoke: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A one-way trip takes approximately 70 minutes.

The fare will be $5 one way for adults with an additional $1 for bicycles. Children 3 years old and younger may ride for free.

A free tram operated by Hyde County will be available to shuttle visitors around the village, with golf carts and bicycles available for rental from private vendors.

Passengers can purchase tickets directly at the Hatteras or Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminals on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations will be available online here or by calling 1-800-BY-FERRY.

The Ferry Division is working with state health officials to develop procedures to protect passengers and crew on the Ocracoke Express during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ferry Division will:

  • Limit the number of passengers to 96, which is about half of what the vessel’s certificate of occupancy allows
  • Strongly encourage passengers to wear face coverings
  • Encourage passenger groups to remain six feet apart from each other
  • Add onboard hand sanitizing stations
  • Provide enhanced cleaning of the vessel between departures

Due to COVID-19 concerns, no refreshments will be offered at this time. Passengers may bring bottled water and snacks with them when they board the ferry.

The Ocracoke Express carried nearly 29,000 passengers between Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands during its inaugural season in the summer of 2019.

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