By Outer Banks Voice on June 14, 2021
The Hyde County Manager’s Office will seek the public’s input on adding the Ocracoke Lighthouse to existing tram service at a public listening session on Thursday, June 17 from 4:00- 5:30 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center.
The comment period is open until Friday, June 18, 2021. The purpose of the listening session is to solicit views on the addition of the Ocracoke Lighthouse to the existing tram route. The proposal includes adding a stop on the current tram route that includes the Ocracoke Lighthouse via Lighthouse Road, a pull over stop at the lighthouse, a left turn onto Martha Jane Lane and then rejoining the existing route on Irvin Garrish Highway. According to the Ocracoke Observer, The National Park Service estimates that between 500 to 1,000 people visit the lighthouse each day in the visitor’s season, coming via an estimated 400 cars and carts per day. One idea behind adding the lighthouse to the tram schedule is that it could substantially reduce the number of vehicles coming daily to the lighthouse.