The North Carolina Ferry Division operates vessels on seven routes along the eastern coast of North Carolina – including a new passenger ferry on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route. The routes serve diverse populations, ranging from routes with substantial tourist/visitor customers to routes with primarily daily commuters. The primary objectives of the proposed project are to 1) quantify the benefits and impacts of the new passenger ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke and 2) explore the feasibility of passenger ferry opportunities at other locations (existing or new routes).
This research team is well-equipped to perform the work necessary to deliver an implementable solution for the Ferry Division. This team includes experts with extensive knowledge of the ferry system with an on-going research project to investigate wait times at ferry terminals and a recent completed project to study the economic impact of each route. Additionally, this team includes members who investigated the feasibility of the new Hatteras-Ocracoke passenger ferry route in addition to team members who understand connections between themultimodal network of eastern North Carolina.