Strong summer ridership on Ocracoke Express 

By on September 16, 2021

Ferry under construction expected to be ready in 2022


The Ocracoke Express passenger ferry arrives in Hatteras.​​ (NCDOT)

More than 16,500 people got out of their cars and onto the Ocracoke Express passenger ferry this summer season, which began on June 21 and ended on Labor Day. During that season, the Express served an average of 213 passengers a day, more than double the 97 per day of 2020.

In addition,1,020 of those passengers brought their bicycles along for the ride.

Passenger surveys taken over the 2021 season showed the service as a popular option, with 94% of respondents rating it as either “excellent” or “good.”

As for the state-owned ferry that will become the permanent Ocracoke Express, NCDOT spokesman Tim Hass said in an email that “the NCDOT passenger ferry remains under construction by the builder. We expect the ferry under construction to be available to the public for the 2022 season as it still must undergo the U.S. Coast Guard’s inspection processes and receive the required certificate of inspection. These processes, including sea trials, are expected to take a month or two to complete.”


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