The new passenger ferry will begin service between Hatteras Island and Ocracoke on May 14.
The catamaran-style ferry will carry up to 98 passengers directly to the docks in Ocracoke Village in 70 minutes, according to a release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Vehicle-carrying ferries travel about an hour to docks at the north end of Ocracoke Island, 15 miles from the village. Riders on the passenger ferry can walk, bike, drive a golf cart or catch a new shuttle to get around town.
“Not only will it be an easy way to get to Ocracoke, we think it will become a new ‘must-do’ summertime attraction for the entire Outer Banks,” Ferry Division director Harold Thomas.
The $4.15 million catamaran-style ferry will make three round trips per day with fares ranging from $5 to $15 depending on the season and time of day. Children under three ride for free. Conventional ferries between Hatteras and Ocracoke are free.
U.S. Boat Works Shipyard in Hubert, N.C. is expected to deliver the finished vessel in February, the release said.