Bill directs NCDOT to restart Outer Banks ferry service

The Ocracoke Express Ferry (Photo: NCDOT)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s General Assembly has passed a bill that would restart an Outer Banks passenger ferry that had been scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The News & Observer, the NC Department of Transportation said two months ago that it wouldn’t run the ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands this summer.

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It said hauling people between the islands could spread the virus. But lawmakers recently passed a measure directing the agency to run it.

A transportation department spokesman said the agency would wait for the governor’s action on the bill before getting the boat ready to go.