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12/9/2016: Grantees Receive Mobile CARE Awards

Grantees Receive Mobile CARE Awards

Posted 12/9/2016 1:51:01 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Public Transportation congratulates two of its grant recipients, YVEDDI and GoTriangle, for being honored at the 10th Annual Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (Mobile CARE) awards earlier this year. Mobile CARE is an annual awards initiative organized by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center to recognize individual and organizational efforts in North Carolina aimed at reducing transportation related emissions, promoting fuel diversity and fuel economy through alternative fuels, advanced technologies, vehicle efficiency and other best practices. The award for the Fleet category went to YVEDDI, a public transportation agency located in Davie, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties. This award category recognizes public or private fleets that have integrated alternative fuels or advanced transportation technologies and efficiencies. YVEDDI currently operates 40 percent of its fleet on propane autogas, with seven vehicles converted to the alternate fuel in 2016. The agency plans to be close to 85 percent in the near future. This high utilization rate has led to significant cost savings and reductions in vehicle emissions. The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program at GoTriangle was recognized in the Organization category. The program focuses on reducing the amount of single occupancy vehicles on the road to improve air quality, reduce congestion, and improve the quality of life for residents of the Triangle region. The efforts of the GoTriangle TDM program in 2016 resulted in 14,393 new alternative mode users, a reduction in daily vehicle miles traveled by 141,770 miles and nearly 6,000 gallons of gasoline saved daily. The increase in alternative mode users and reduction in vehicle miles traveled have led to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 64,605 kgs/day. ***NCDOT***  
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6/21/2016: Governor’s Award for Public Transportation Presented to Kerr Area Transit Director

Governor’s Award for Public Transportation Presented to Kerr Area Transit Director

Posted 6/21/2016 1:19:53 PM

RALEIGH — Kerr Area Transportation Authority Executive Director Robert Brink, Jr. was presented with the 2016 Governor’s Award for Public Transportation on June 14 by the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division at its conference in Concord. The award, first given in 1988, is presented annually outstanding service and contributions to public transportation services in North Carolina. Public Transportation Division Director Debbie Collins presented the award. Brink has served as executive director for Kerr Area Transportation Authority since 2006. As executive director, he oversees public transportation services in Franklin, Granville, Vance and Warren Counties. Kerr Area Transportation Authority, locally known as KARTS, is a public, rural transportation system which provides scheduled rides, as well as a shuttle that serves downtown Henderson. Brink has served as the President of the N.C. Public Transportation Association and is a member of a Transit Cooperative Research Panel studying the effects of non-emergency medical transportation on transportation coordination. Brink received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and completed Effective Supervisory Management Training from the UNC School of Government. He has held a number of leadership positions in both local and statewide organizations, including the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Kerr-Tar Council of Government Rural Planning Organization. Brink and his wife Janelle have two children, Trey and Camden.
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6/2/2016: June Public Transportation Division Report

June Public Transportation Division Report

Posted 6/2/2016 9:55:17 AM

RALEIGH - Check out the June Public Transportation Division Report, featuring stories on: PTD Success Plan Benefits of Transit Report Success Stories Upcoming Meetings and Events And more! Click here to read this month’s report. ***NCDOT***
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7/24/2012: Board of Transportation Approves $87,717 to Chapel Hill Transit for Planning of Expanded Park and Ride Options

Board of Transportation Approves $87,717 to Chapel Hill Transit for Planning of Expanded Park and Ride Options

Posted 7/24/2012 12:16:12 PM

RALEIGH — The N.C. Board of Transportation at its July meeting approved $87,717 in state funding to the Town of Chapel Hill, operating as Chapel Hill Transit, through the NCDOT Public Transportation Division’s Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program, to conduct a feasibility study for the expansion of the Eubanks Road Park and Ride lot. The Urban/Regional Bus and Facility Program provides the required state match to direct recipients of federally funded grants through the Federal Transit Administration for projects such as new buses and vehicles, as well as maintenance, operations or transfer facilities. Chapel Hill Transit received a Federal Transit Administration Urbanized Area Formula Program Capital grant to conduct a feasibility study and, if found feasible, undertake preliminary engineering and design for the potential expansion of the park and ride lot on Eubanks Road between Millhouse Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (N.C. 86). The state funding approved will be used as the required 10 percent match. These funds match $87,718 in local funds and $701,747 in federal funding, totaling $877,182. Park and ride lots enable transit riders who do not live within walking distance of their stop to park their car in a designated area where they can then board their desired bus route. The Eubanks Road lot, which was built in 1995 and is owned by the Town of Chapel Hill, has 400 parking spaces on approximately seven acres of land. A recent study shows that the lot is about 89 percent occupied. Due to anticipated growth and development in the area, as well as the planned development of high-quality rapid transit in the corridor, Chapel Hill Transit is studying increasing the capacity at the lot by either purchasing nearby property to accommodate additional spaces, or constructing a parking deck on the current lot. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $436 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT***
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6/15/2012: Students Begin Apprenticeships and Internships at North Carolina Public Transportation Agencies

Students Begin Apprenticeships and Internships at North Carolina Public Transportation Agencies

Posted 6/15/2012 8:55:18 AM

RALEIGH — For seven college graduates and one graduate student, June isn’t just the end of the school year, it’s also the beginning of an opportunity to get first-hand work experience in the public transportation industry and prepare for a career in the future. Each year, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Public Transportation Division Apprenticeship and Internship Program matches current graduate students and recent college graduates with a sponsor public transportation agency, transportation management company or planning organization for a paid 12-month apprenticeship or internship. “Working as the NCDOT Apprentice for Triangle Transit, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the inner workings and operations behind providing excellent customer service, efficient route management and effective public involvement," said former Triangle Transit Apprentice Kenneth Baker. To see an interview with Baker during his apprenticeship, visit the NCDOT YouTube page. Apprenticeship Program The apprenticeship program gives individuals who have recently earned their undergraduate degree the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation management. The program provides exposure to all aspects of a transit system and allows apprentices to gain experience in managing public transportation operations. Apprentices are required to complete independent research or a special project based on the sponsor’s needs and the apprentice’s abilities. Seven apprentices were placed this year at the following public transportation agencies: •    Charlotte Area Transit System •    Chapel Hill Transit •    Concord Kannapolis Area Transit •    Durham Area Transit Authority •    Greensboro Transit Authority •    Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) •    Triangle Transit Internship Program The internship program provides work experience and learning opportunities for graduate students attending colleges and universities in North Carolina. Interns will have the opportunity to use both analytical and communications skills that they have gained during their academic career in a public transportation setting. With hands-on training and experience, interns are better able to evaluate public transportation careers and compete for jobs. One intern was placed this year at N.C. State University Wolfline. The N.C. Board of Transportation approved $239,523 in state funding at their May meeting to support the program, with the remaining 10 percent coming from the local governments sponsoring the apprentices and interns. Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget continues to support enhancing or expanding our transportation infrastructure. Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office, the NCDOT Public Transportation Division has awarded more than $436 million in grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care. For more information on this program and grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit. ***NCDOT***
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