RALEIGH — With the Memorial Holiday weekend and the busy summer tourism season approaching, traffic volume for the N.C. Department of Transportation Ferry Division is gearing up.
To accommodate increased ferry traffic for the Hatteras-Ocracoke route, its summer schedule started early this month. And the schedule expands again on Tuesday, May 21, with an additional six more trips in each direction.
The addition means there will be 36 daily trips in each direction on the ferry system’s busiest route. Even with the increase in trips, there may be times during the holiday weekend where demand exceeds available space on the ferries, so customers may encounter some delays.
There will be trips out of Hatteras at 5:15 and 6:15 a.m., then every quarter past the hour from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., and 45 minutes past the hour between 7:45 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. There will also be trips at 10 a.m., and 12:30, 3, 7:30, 8, 10:45 and 11:45 p.m.