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5/29/2015: This Week at NCDOT: Celebrating Transit, Aviation and Ports

This Week at NCDOT: Celebrating Transit, Aviation and Ports

Posted 5/29/2015 4:37:29 PM

Public Transit systems reach milestones with new facilities, new airport terminal opens in the city of Washington, NCDOT send out first-ever customer survey, NCDOT celebrates 70th Anniversary of the North Carolina Ports Authority RALEIGH — The following are highlights from the past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here. Public Transit Systems Expand to Meet Needs of Riders The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and Wave Transit recently took steps toward strengthening customer service and improving operations and maintenance in their local regions. PART broke ground on a new Intermodal Transportation Center in Greensboro. The center will include a maintenance facility for PART buses and vehicles, a passenger waiting area, parking and restrooms. Wave Transit in Wilmington cut the ribbon on its new operations center. The $13.5 million dollar facility will house operations and maintenance in a single transportation hub. The facility will meet LEED Gold certification for its environmentally-friendly design, which features a compressed natural gas fueling station to allow the use of vehicles that run on natural gas to reduce emissions, minimize fuel costs, and contribute to healthy air quality.   NCDOT Celebrates New Airport Terminal with the City of Washington NCDOT joined the city of Washington to celebrate the completion of a new terminal building at Warren Field Airport. A storm in 2012 destroyed the previous terminal building located in Beautfort County. With the help of NCDOT’s Division of Aviation, a plan was developed to replace the building. Originally built in 1975 as a military training facility, Warren Field Airport now serves local and national businesses. 70th Anniversary of North Carolina Ports Authority Transportation Secretary Tony Tata traveled to the Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City earlier this month to thank employees for their service and celebrate the authority’s 70th anniversary. Created in 1945 by the North Carolina General Assembly, the Ports Authority has made it their mission to enhance the economy of the state by attracting new businesses and industries. North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, including inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets. NCDOT Sends Out First Ever Customer Survey NCDOT started mailing out the department’s first-ever customer survey this month. The purpose of this survey is to get a measurement of how the department is doing in our effort to provide great customer service. Participation in the survey can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. Citizens will be randomly selected to receive a paper copy in the mail to help NCDOT find out what North Carolina residents think about various services. For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. ***NCDOT***
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5/28/2015: Lane Shifts Underway for I-40 West in Fortify Work Zone

Lane Shifts Underway for I-40 West in Fortify Work Zone

Posted 5/28/2015 4:21:32 PM

RALEIGH – Construction crews on the Fortify I-40/440 rebuild project began shifting lanes on I-40 West at the Lake Wheeler Road exit on Thursday night. The shifts will take place on the westbound side to U.S. 1/64 in Cary over seven nights, and then on eastbound I-40 in the same area the following seven nights. Traffic is reduced to two lanes at 9 p.m. and down to one lane about 11 p.m. using temporary traffic control with assistance from local law enforcement. The lane closures allow crews to safely install pavement markings and put traffic onto the widened and strengthened outside shoulder that will serve as a travel lane. Traffic will be back in its usual three-lane capacity early in the morning, using the shoulder and the two outside lanes.   The shift will allow crews to begin rebuilding the median and inside lanes in both directions in that section of I-40. NCDOT reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit FortifyNC.com for the latest project information, live traffic updates, and important resources. More significant changes will be coming in July in the rest of the work zone between Lake Wheeler Road and the I-40/440 split. There will be additional lane shifts and lane reductions, including converting the four and five-lane sections of the interstate to three lanes in both directions. Eventually the entire 8.5-mile work zone will have traffic in a three-lane pattern in both directions. That three-lane capacity is expected to remain in effect until the entire new roadway opens in the fall of 2016. The N.C. Department of Transportation also reminds drivers to use caution, watch for construction activity, and obey the reduced speed limit in the work zone for their safety, as well as the safety of passengers, other motorists and the crews working on highway. Project Background The Fortify project involves the removal and replacement of the highway surface and substructure along 11.5 miles of interstate on I-40 and I-440. A chemical reaction in the 40-year-old substructure of the roadway is causing it to crumble, and in turn, damaging the road surface. That required constant repairs and led to concerns of ongoing major travel disruptions along one of the state’s busiest stretches of highway. The I-440 section of the project is almost finished, with three lanes of what is essentially a brand new highway now open in both directions. *** NCDOT ***
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5/21/2015: NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

NCDOT Launches Wi-Fi on Piedmont Train Service on May 25

Posted 5/21/2015 12:52:44 PM

Raleigh – On May 25, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Piedmont train, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division will launch its new Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi Service. The addition of complimentary Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi will ensure complete wireless internet services to passengers traveling between Raleigh and Charlotte. The Piedmont Connect Wi-Fi service will allow passengers non-stop access to surf the web, check and respond to email, engage in social media and stay connected while traveling on the 174-mile corridor. “Railroads are an important part of our national transportation system, and ensuring passenger safety, efficiency and connectivity on the Piedmont corridor will lead to economic opportunities for the regions of Raleigh and Charlotte and the cities, towns and communities in between,” said Paul Worley, NCDOT Rail Director. “We see a growing trend in ridership on regional trains like the Piedmont, with over 300 passengers a day. We believe by deploying new Wi-Fi services we can increase passenger satisfaction and attract new customers.” The Carolinian train, also supported by NCDOT, already features Wi-Fi service.  NCDOT is modernizing the Piedmont corridor through a series of projects and enhancements known as the Piedmont Improvement Program. The focus of PIP is to make train travel safer, more reliable and better connected. The addition of complimentary Wi-Fi as a standard service on Piedmont trains will enhance the overall quality of experience for passengers, potentially increase ridership due to the availability of Wi-Fi and provide extra layers of railway safety in the future by supporting train control and monitoring systems. This Wi-Fi service provider is ViaSat Managed Wi-Fi Services of Carlsbad, California. ViaSat’s system includes complete coverage of the Piedmont corridor, optimizing Wi-Fi and internet availability to passengers.  
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5/18/2015: Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" Enforcement and Education Campaign Kicks Off

Memorial Day "Click It or Ticket" Enforcement and Education Campaign Kicks Off

Posted 5/18/2015 12:25:06 PM

Greensboro – The Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) launched its Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” education and enforcement campaign this morning. It runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, ending on May 31.   The kickoff event was held at the UNC-Greensboro campus, as GHSP Director Don Nail, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, and UNCG Chief of Police James Herring were the featured speakers.  The event was held in Guilford County as incentive to increase seat belt usage in the area. The county-wide driver and passenger seat belt usage rate in the 2014 seat belt survey was 88.4 percent, two points below the statewide average.   That seat belt survey shows usage has been increasing statewide, with a 90.6 percent compliance by drivers and passengers, compared to 88.6 percent the previous year.   Since its inception 22 years ago, the “Click It or Ticket” program has increased driver seat belt awareness and usage rates and reduced fatalities across North Carolina. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the initiative and it is one of the most intensive law enforcement efforts of its kind. “As we launch the “Click It or Ticket” Memorial Day campaign today it is important that we remind those on North Carolina roads that it is the law to wear your seat belt,” said Nail. “The law applies to all passengers in the vehicle.  It doesn’t matter where you sit, you must remember to buckle up, saving yourself from receiving a fine of up to $161 and even your life.  We have to remind ourselves it is “Every Seat, Every Time.”  Law enforcement officers will be out day and night enforcing “Click It or Ticket” for drivers and passengers who fail to buckle up. The N.C. Department of Transportation, GHSP and law enforcement agencies across North Carolina have a goal of 100 percent seat belt use among all vehicle occupants.  For additional information, please visit ClickItorTicket.org. ***NCDOT***
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5/12/2015: NC Ferry System Seeks Hatteras 'Early Birds' After Switch To Summer Schedule

NC Ferry System Seeks Hatteras 'Early Birds' After Switch To Summer Schedule

Posted 5/12/2015 3:55:21 PM

(Hatteras) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry System switched to its full summer schedule of 36 daily round-trip departures between Hatteras and Ocracoke Tuesday, calling on summer day trippers to strongly consider going as early in the day as possible to avoid wait times in the peak season. "We've always suggested visitors try to avoid the peak times of the day when traveling between Hatteras and Ocracoke," said Ferry Division Communications Officer Tim Hass. "This year, we're coming right out and saying it: The best way to get out of ferry lines is to travel early, travel late, or travel between Friday and Monday. We have years of data to back that up." That data shows that in general, there are no waits at Hatteras before 9 a.m., with lines starting to form around 10. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. is the peak travel time, with lines generally dissipating by 4 p.m. On the Ocracoke side, there is usually no waiting before 2 p.m. Cars begin to stack up by 3 p.m. and lines are the longest between 6-7. By 9 p.m., those lines are usually gone. "People still want to go to Ocracoke, and they should go to Ocracoke," said Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. "By adjusting their schedule just a little, they can spend less time in a ferry line and more time on Ocracoke. And that's what vacation should be about." The Ferry System has created a web page at www.ncferry.org/earlybird with more information and will be encouraging off-peak travel all summer via advertising and social media.(NCDOT)
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