The M/V Ocracoke Express passenger ferry is expected to begin making runs between Hattaras and Ocracoke islands on May 14. The boat is now under construction at a shipyard near Swansboro.
The M/V Ocracoke Express passenger ferry is expected to begin making runs between Hattaras and Ocracoke islands on May 14. The boat is now under construction at a shipyard near Swansboro. Courtesy of the NCDOT
The M/V Ocracoke Express passenger ferry is expected to begin making runs between Hattaras and Ocracoke islands on May 14. The boat is now under construction at a shipyard near Swansboro. Courtesy of the NCDOT

Richard Stradling covers transportation for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, plus ferries, bicycles, scooters and just plain walking. He’s been a reporter or editor for 31 years, including the last 19 at The N&O. 919-829-4739, rstradling@newsobserver.com.