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MANNS HARBOR, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s ferry service will be a little less frequent around Christmas time in a move officials hope will save nearly $50,000.

The state Department of Transportation says all ferries except one will run abbreviated schedules from Christmas Eve through Dec. 27. The only route that will be unchanged is the Bayview-Aurora run, which will keep its regular schedule to accommodate workers at a nearby phosphate plant.

Officials say the decision to cut back on schedules was based on traffic data from previous years.

The department expects the reduced runs will save nearly $19,000 in fuel costs and over $31,000 in labor.

The exact schedules for the holiday period can be found online at http://www.ncdot.org .

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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