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3/25/2015: NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

NCDOT Ferry Division Accommodates Holiday Travelers With More Hatteras Runs

Posted 3/25/2015 2:59:54 PM

(MANNS HARBOR) - In preparation for holiday travel over the upcoming Easter and Spring breaks, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will be enhancing the schedule on its Hatteras-Ocracoke route between March 31 and April 13. The temporary Spring schedule will increase the number of daily round-trip runs between Hatteras and Ocracoke from 18 to 26, with half-hour departures for most of the morning and afternoon hours. "Our ridership data shows a distinct spike in the weeks surrounding Easter," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "We're confident this enhanced schedule will accommodate those travelers." The Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will be as follows between March 31-April 13: Departures from Hatteras: 5 a.m., 6, 7, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30 p.m., 1, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 8, 9, 11, and midnight. Departures from Ocracoke: 4:30 a.m., 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30 p.m., 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 9:30, 10:30, and 12:30 a.m. After April 13, the Hatteras-Ocracoke schedule will return to its off-season schedule for three weeks before switching to a full summer schedule on May 6.(NCDOT)
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3/20/2015: This Week at NCDOT - March 20, 2015

This Week at NCDOT - March 20, 2015

Posted 3/20/2015 4:51:52 PM

RALEIGH — From the North Carolina mountains to the coast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is involved in numerous programs, activities and initiatives in communities throughout the state. The following are highlights from the department this week. They are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed here. National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week Spring is officially here and along with it comes the unofficial start of construction season for NCDOT. To remind drivers of the importance of staying safe in work zones obeying posted speed limits and paying attention, March 23 through 27 has been named National Work Zone Awareness Week. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Expect the Unexpected” and focuses on bringing attention not only to the safety of workers in work zones, but also to the safety of drivers and passengers traveling through these areas. According to the Federal Highway Administration, on average 85 percent of deaths in work zone crashes are drivers and passengers in cars. NCDMV and NCDENR Debut New Exemption for Inspection and Maintenance Program The Division of Motor Vehicles, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will soon debut a new emissions exemption pertaining to the North Carolina Inspection and Maintenance Program. Starting April 1, if you have a car that is less than three years older than the current model year and has fewer than 70,000 miles, you will not be required to get an emissions inspection. All vehicles will still be subject to a safety inspection. To learn more and find out which inspection is required for your vehicle, visit the DMV website. North Carolina State Rail Plan Public Comment Period Ends Saturday Saturday, March 21, is your last chance to provide feedback on the draft North Carolina State Rail Plan. The rail plan is designed to transform transportation, economic, land use and other data into a strategic freight and passenger investment plan for North Carolina. The draft plan was released earlier this year and features several recommendations for freight and passenger rail, as well as safety and funding. Some of the recommendations include: •    Conducting a study to identify a potential new rail intermodal site in eastern North Carolina; and •    Adding more runs to the Raleigh to Charlotte Amtrak services to enhance mobility. Passenger and freight rail enhancements are an important part of the Governor’s 25-Year Vision, and in turn, NCDOT’s draft improvement program for the next 10 years. To learn more and provide feedback on the rail plan, visit ncbytrain.org. 2015 N.C. Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced More than 549 inspired young artists representing 97 towns and 58 schools across the state submitted their take on the theme “World Air Games” through the NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2015 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. Students were asked to create a picture that captures the excitement of the World Air Games taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A judging panel has selected the winning entries, which will advance to compete on the national and international levels. All children who live in or attend school in North Carolina were invited to submit their interpretations of this year’s theme. The top three entries in each age group have been sent to Washington, D.C. to be judged in the national competition. The artwork of the national winners will be sent to Switzerland to compete in the international competition. Judges looked for originality, adherence to the theme and overall aesthetics. Judges took into consideration the artist’s creative use of this year’s theme in relation to the aviation world. Click here to view our photo gallery of the winning entries. For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. ***NCDOT***
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3/16/2015: NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

NCDOT Celebrates Arrival of Raleigh’s First Train 175 Years Ago This Week

Posted 3/16/2015 1:35:20 PM

RALEIGH - Nearly two centuries ago, Raleigh was a very different place. The year was 1840. The state’s capital – now a bustling metropolis of shopping, restaurants and businesses – was a destination largely isolated from the rest of the state, separated by long journeys over unpaved roads and a lack of a navigable river for trade and transport.    This all changed on March 21, 175 years ago this week, when the first train chugged into town – a wood-burning steam locomotive christened the “Tornado” traveling on newly built wooden rails. With the arrival of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, a predecessor of what is today CSX Transportation, Raleigh was now connected to places like Richmond, Virginia that had once taken two days by horse or stage coach to reach. Overnight, Raleigh’s new rail connection began the transformation from a small town seat of state government to a fast-growing commercial, industrial and education center. Just as it did almost 200 years ago, the Raleigh and Gaston route today remains a key rail corridor. CSXT, which has grown to become one of the largest transportation companies in the United States, continues to provide daily freight service over the line, which serves as the origination and termination point of millions of dollars in products annually. The corridor is also designated as the primary path for the future Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor between Raleigh and Virginia. “The introduction of the railroad revolutionized travel and freight movement throughout our state and the nation,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “Nearly two centuries later, rail continues to play an important role in North Carolina’s multimodal transportation system, as well as supporting job creation, economic development and commerce activities that are critical to the future vitality of our state.” “Railroads have played a significant role in the development of the United States, probably more than any other enterprise,” said Cindy Sanborn, executive vice president-operations for CSXT. “From their earliest development of routes from eastern ports to inland settlements, railroads today are safe, reliable and fuel efficient conveyors of freight that drive North American commerce. CSX is proud to participate in acknowledging the first train to the great city of Raleigh and to have played a role in the city’s growth and prosperity.” “Railroads have historically played an important role in the growth and development of the City of Raleigh,” said City of Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Rail has been a cornerstone of our infrastructure and has helped support the economic vitality of the region.  As the city looks to the future, rail will remain part of the city’s foundation for a multi-modal transportation network.” The N.C. Department of Transportation invites all North Carolinians to celebrate this special anniversary by riding the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at a reduced fare. Just book at the following Amtrak.com page for 30% off the purchase of a companion ticket when you purchase one full-price ticket on Saturday, March 21. NCDOT also invites the public to come by the Raleigh station for birthday cake and punch. ***NCDOT***
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3/6/2015: Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

Public Asked to Provide Feedback on Draft Schedule for Transportation Projects

Posted 3/6/2015 4:15:22 PM

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation is asking the public to provide feedback on the Draft 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This is the first STIP developed under the new Strategic Transportation Investments law, which established the Strategic Mobility Formula.   NCDOT is hosting 10 information sessions across the state between March 17 and April 23, to receive input on the steps leading to and resulting in the Draft STIP. Anyone who cannot attend a session in person can easily view the materials and submit their comments electronically through MindMixer, an online public engagement tool.   During the past year and a half, NCDOT has been working with the legislature, local planning organizations, and other stakeholders across the state to implement the law and develop the 2016-2025 STIP.   NCDOT wants the public’s feedback on:   ·         The process to develop the STIP and ideas for improvement ·         The variety and geographic diversity of the projects   The feedback period runs through April 23.   The 2016-2025 Draft STIP, the first under STI, is one of the department’s most comprehensive programs ever. The document includes 1,073 projects across all transportation modes and all 100 counties.   The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-2025 STIP in June, which will be the final step in implementing STI. Feedback from the information sessions will be shared with the Board and used by the Prioritization Workgroup for consideration in the next round of project prioritization and by the department in the development of the 2018-2027 STIP.   ***NCDOT***  
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3/5/2015: 2015-16 State Transportation Map Now Available

2015-16 State Transportation Map Now Available

Posted 3/5/2015 2:33:43 PM

RALEIGH—The 2015-16 North Carolina State Transportation Map was unveiled Thursday today as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration and is now available free of charge. The State Transportation Map is funded and produced by NCDOT. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It can be ordered online at visitnc.com/statemap or by calling 1-800-847-4862 (VISIT NC). Maps will also be available at welcome centers, rest areas and NCDOT offices across the state. First published in 1916, the state map is NCDOT’s most popular publication, with two million copies in this year’s initial printing. North Carolina has one of the largest highway systems in the nation, and the new map details the more than 106,000 miles of public roadway that span the state. That includes 79,585 miles of state-maintained roads. The cover of the new map features a montage of North Carolina scenery, including the Blue Ridge Mountains from the peak of Mt. Jefferson, a trail wandering through Clemmons Educational State Park in Clayton, the statue that stands outside the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. The map also includes information on Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, North Carolina’s State Parks and Forest Service—both of which also turn 100 this year—and Governor McCrory’s Art That Moves You initiative, which uses texture, landscaping, original artwork and lighting to improve infrastructure, bridges and gateways to promote tourism and economic development. A full-size PDF of the map is also available online. ***NCDOT***
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