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Leased ferry to make summer run between Hatteras, Ocracoke

May 18, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Transportation officials say passenger-only ferry service is about to begin on the North Carolina coast, but not on the vessel that was designated to make the run.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says on its website that the state is leasing the M/V Martha’s Vineyard Express to make three round-trip runs a day between Hatteras and Silver Lake in Ocracoke beginning on Monday.

The Charlotte Observer reports that NCDOT will spend about $1 million to rent the Martha’s Vineyard Express. The Ocracoke Express was supposed to be finished in April 2018, but delays and construction problems pushed that date back, first to last fall and then this spring. When it was apparent that the boat wouldn’t be ready for this summer, NCDOT began looking for a substitute to lease.

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