Because of high demand, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials have extended the Ocracoke Express season through September.
The season was previously to end Labor Day but will now end Sept. 30.
Beginning Sept. 6, the passenger ferry will operate Tuesday through Friday, the most popular days for Ocracoke day trips.
The ferry will leave from Hatteras at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and from Ocracoke at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
More than 21,000 people have ridden the passenger ferry this season. Passenger surveys have been overwhelmingly positive, with 99% of responses labeling the Ocracoke Express service as either “excellent” or ‘”good,” according to the department.
“We’ve had great ridership and very positive feedback from the public,” Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas, said in a statement. “This extension will give shoulder season visitors a chance to experience this fast, convenient way to take a day trip to Ocracoke.”
The Ocracoke Express, now in its fourth season, transports riders on a 70-minute trip between Hatteras and Silver Lake Harbor in Ocracoke Village. There is a free tram operated by Hyde County in Ocracoke for visitors to travel around the village to shops, restaurants, accommodations and attractions.
Advance reservations for the Ocracoke Express are available online at www.ncferry.org or on the phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.