Establishment of a NCDOT Passenger Ferry Service
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is proposing a new passenger ferry service from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke Island. Establishing a new passenger ferry service will require improvements at both the Hatteras Terminal in Hatteras, NC and the Ocracoke Terminal in Ocracoke, NC. All the improvements are proposed to occur within developed areas. Several project actions will occur on park lands and the Seashore has been collaborating with NCDOT on planning to accommodate certain aspects of the passenger ferry project. The passenger ferry service proposes to provide up to 8 daily trips, with 100 passengers each, to and from the islands with the use of two new passenger ferries.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore is supportive of this new project and considers this new service as a viable option to help alleviate some of the current vehicle congestion and wait time for the vehicle ferry during the peak tourist season. This new service would also encourage visitors to leave their cars in Hatteras and travel by bicycle or shuttle on Ocracoke Island, thereby reducing traffic congestion with in the village.
The Seashore will be completing an Environmental Assessment to fully analyze a variety of proposed project actions.