Ferry service between Galveston and Point Bolivar reopened 2 months after Hurricane Ike.
Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Raquelle Lewis says two ferries, open to the general public, began operations Tuesday morning.
Lewis told The Associated Press that the resumption of passenger service "is certainly a huge step toward recovery."
Ike slammed the Galveston area on Sept. 13.
Lewis says dredging and repairs to the ferry landing sites were necessary before TxDOT could resume passenger service.
She says one ferry had been used to transport emergency personnel, such as utility workers, to Ike-devastated Bolivar Peninsula until Tuesday's resumption of public service.
The ferry service is the carrier between two segments of State Highway 87.