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Service for Ocracoke passenger ferry canceled for 2020

NCDOT said it canceled its contract Ocracoke Express passenger ferry service for 2020 due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

OCRACOKE, N.C. — A passenger ferry that first went into service last year will not run in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Friday.

The Ocracoke Express was introduced in 2019 as another way people could travel between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. But due to the impacts from the pandemic, NCDOT said it canceled its contract with the service for 2020.

Vehicle ferries will still be in operation, but officials with the Ferry Division asks that passengers stay in their vehicles or stand at least six feet from other people while on board.

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