Ocracoke passenger ferry

The M/V Martha's Vineyard Express begins running Monday three times a day through the summer

HATTERAS VILLAGE, N.C.

A passenger ferry begins running today between Hatteras Village and Ocracoke.

Rides on the M/V Martha's Vineyard Express will be free Monday and Tuesday, according to a news release from the North Carolina Ferry Division. Tickets will cost $1 each way beginning Wednesday.

The ferry will make three round trips daily through the summer, departing from the Hatteras terminal at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and departing the Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. A one-way trip takes approximately 70 minutes.

Reservations are not needed initially. When a reservation system is set up later, they can be made online at www.ncferry.org or by calling 1-800-293-3779. There is no extra charge for bicycles.

The ferry, leased from New Jersey based Seastreak Marine, temporarily replaces the Ocracoke Express, a $4.15 million ferry under construction at U.S. Workboats in Hubert, N.C.

The company has missed four completion deadlines on the new ferry beginning last year. Inspectors found flaws including faulty welds on the aluminum catamaran-style hulls. It is not certain when it will be finished.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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