- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) - With ferries now operating on a summer schedule, the N.C. Department of Transportation is urging people thinking about day trips between Hatteras and Ocracoke to start early to avoid trying to board at peak times.

Ferry Division spokesman Tim Haas says the best way to get out of long lines is to travel early, late, or between Friday and Monday.

Data shows there are no waits at Hatteras before 9 a.m., with lines starting to form around 10 a.m. The data shows that between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. is the peak travel time, with lines generally shortening by 4 p.m.

On Ocracoke, there is usually no waiting before 2 p.m. Cars begin to stack up by 3 p.m. , and by 9 p.m., the lines are usually gone.

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