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4/26/2017: North Carolina to Offer REAL ID Licenses and ID Cards; DMV to provide new federal identification cards in May

North Carolina to Offer REAL ID Licenses and ID Cards; DMV to provide new federal identification cards in May

Posted 4/26/2017 1:14:13 PM

RALEIGH – On May 1, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will begin producing the state’s first REAL ID, an optional license or identification card that meets the security requirements of the federal REAL ID Act. Frequent air travelers and visitors to military installations and federal facilities may want to consider applying for an N.C. REAL ID. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration and other agencies will require a REAL ID for commercial air travel and access to federal buildings, military installations and nuclear facilities. Persons without a REAL ID will still be able to board flights and enter federal facilities, but they will need to provide additional identification along with their standard license. For more information about required documentation, contact the TSA or other relevant federal agency. “The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has worked extremely hard to prepare our state to meet this new federal requirement,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard. “We are glad to offer this optional, single ID to help our citizens travel and access federal facilities.” Residents must visit a driver license office to apply for their first N.C. REAL ID. Applicants must provide: One document that proves identity, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, or immigration documents; One document that verifies birth, such as a birth certificate, valid U.S. passport or immigration documents; One document that confirms their Social Security number, such as a Social Security card or W-2 form; Two documents that establish residency in North Carolina, such as a utility bill, vehicle registration card, or bank statement. A complete list of documents that are acceptable proofs of identity and residency is available at NCREALID.com. The N.C. REAL ID will have a gold star in the top right corner to indicate the identity and residency documents are permanently stored with the NCDMV record. Citizens who prefer to keep their current license or ID will receive credentials that carry the notation “Not for Federal Identification.” North Carolina’s REAL ID will be available at the same cost as a standard driver license and identification card. An N.C. REAL ID can be obtained at the time of renewal or before the renewal period for the cost of a duplicate. The new standards were established by the federal REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005 following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Act is administered by the Department of Homeland Security. More information on North Carolina’s REAL ID is available at NCREALID.com.
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4/26/2017: Input Sought for State’s Public Transportation Strategic Plan

Input Sought for State’s Public Transportation Strategic Plan

Posted 4/26/2017 9:47:56 AM

RALEIGH – State transportation officials are asking the public to share their thoughts about the future of public transportation in North Carolina. A series of regional workshops will be held in May as part of the process to create North Carolina’s Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. Attendees will view a presentation about commuting patterns, transit opportunities and the strategic plan process before sharing their ideas during breakout sessions. Participants will help identify problems, strategies and solutions that should be addressed by the strategic plan.   The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. For more information, visit https://www.ncdot.gov/nctransit/strategicplan/. Community Workshop Schedule A map displaying each community workshop is available here. Click the map icons for community workshop times, dates, and locations. No registration is required.   Northeastern North Carolina May 2, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Pitt County Agricultural Extension Auditorium 403 Government Circle, Suite 2 Greenville, NC 27834   Southeastern North Carolina May 3, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Bladen Community College Auditorium 7418 Highway 41 West Dublin, NC 28320   Technology Issues This meeting will explore how technology can improve public transportation. May 4, 2017 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Research Triangle Foundation Meeting Rooms A&B 12 Davis Drive Durham, NC 27709   Triangle May 4, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Research Triangle Foundation Meeting Rooms A&B 12 Davis Drive Research Triangle Park, NC 27709   Charlotte/Gastonia/Kannapolis May 8, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College - South Campus Building 1000 (Main Building), Room 106 1531 Trinity Church Road Concord, NC 28027   Land Use Issues This meeting will explore how land use decisions can align with public transportation. May 9, 2017 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Guilford Technical Community College - Jamestown Campus Medlin Campus Center, First Floor Lounge 601 E. Main Street Jamestown, NC 27282   Piedmont May 9, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Guilford Technical Community College - Jamestown Campus Medlin Campus Center, First Floor Lounge 601 E. Main Street Jamestown, NC 27282   Northern Mountains May 10, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Watauga County Administration Building Commissioners’ Board Room (Room 104) 814 West King Street Boone, NC  28607   Southern Mountains May 11, 2017 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. North Carolina Arboretum For GPS, use: 20 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 28806 Workshop participants will receive a parking pass when they stop at the gate house. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jamille Robbins, Human Environment Section, via e-mail at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or by phone (919) 707-6085 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. 
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4/24/2017: Watch for Me NC Announces 2017 Partners

Watch for Me NC Announces 2017 Partners

Posted 4/24/2017 8:46:49 AM

RALEIGH – Eight communities will soon benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. “We are thrilled to welcome our new community partners and the ideas they share to advance safety for all road users,” said Ed Johnson, acting director of the NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. “The Watch for Me NC program continues to grow and serves as a model for other cities and states across the nation.” The program leverages the strengths of law enforcement and public education to encourage safe and secure places to walk and bike. The N.C. Department of Transportation selected the following new partners to join 24 returning communities across the state:  Burgaw (Pender County) Oak Island (Brunswick County) Pine Knoll Shores (Carteret County) Elizabeth City (Pasquotank County) Newton (Catawba County) North Wilkesboro (Wilkes County) Cornelius (Mecklenburg County) Elon University (Alamance County) The program provides training for law enforcement officers on methods for improving safety for road users in their areas. Communities will also receive technical assistance, materials, and purchased media promotion such as billboards to help raise public awareness about important pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center provides technical support with campaign implementation and evaluation. For more information about the program, visit: www.watchformenc.org. To learn what past communities have done to improve safety, visit: http://www.watchformenc.org/about/partner-community-profiles/.
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4/12/2017: Spring Cleaning Kicks Off With Statewide Litter Sweep

Spring Cleaning Kicks Off With Statewide Litter Sweep

Posted 4/12/2017 4:23:56 PM

Campaign Runs April 15-29 RALEIGH – Groups of volunteers from across North Carolina are donning safety vests and gloves as they prepare for some spring cleaning – outside. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program kicks off its Spring Litter Sweep on April 15.  “We are grateful for the thousands of volunteers who donate their time every year, helping to keep our state beautiful and clean,” says Don Lee, state roadside environmental engineer. “Their efforts ensure North Carolina remains a great place to live, work and play.” It’s not too late to sign up for the upcoming cleanup drive. Interested groups can contact the Litter Sweep Hotline at 1-800-331-5864 or visit the website for more information. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways clean throughout the year. Adopt-A-Highway groups are encouraged to participate in the biannual litter sweeps which take place in the spring and fall, helping to increase cleanup and motivate the community to be good stewards of the environment. Established in 1988, the Adopt-A-Highway Program helps decrease the amount of litter on the state’s roadsides and improves environmental beauty, quality and safety. Roadsides are available for adoption in all 100 North Carolina counties. Groups commit to cleaning their designated roadways at least four times a year and NCDOT provides them with safety vests, gloves and bags. In 2016, more than 5,000 Adopt-A-Highway groups removed more than 2,700 tons of litter from nearly 10,000 miles of state roadways. Businesses, individuals and other organizations can also participate in the state’s Sponsor-A-Highway initiative. In return for cleaning a one-mile stretch of interstate highway, sponsors have their organization’s name or logo attached to the Sponsor-A-Highway sign. Visit the Adopt-A-Highway or Sponsor-A-Highway websites for more information or to apply. Questions regarding the programs or applications can be directed to Kim Wheeless at 919-707-2974.
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4/11/2017: BeRailSafe Reminds Photographers to Stay Away from Railroad Tracks

BeRailSafe Reminds Photographers to Stay Away from Railroad Tracks

Posted 4/11/2017 1:05:48 PM

RALEIGH – You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate or on an airport runway, so why consider standing on railroad tracks to get that one shot? This is the question that the N.C. Department of Transportation’s BeRailSafe program is asking individuals and photographers, urging them to stop taking photographs on railroad tracks. This activity is trespassing and against the law. “You put your life at risk by trespassing on railroad tracks,” said Paul Worley, director of NCDOT’s Rail Division. “We need photographers, school administrators and parents to educate students about the potential danger of taking photos on railroad tracks.” Last year, 21 people were killed while trespassing on North Carolina railroad tracks. Another seven individuals received non-fatal injuries. “Those are 21 people who will not be returning home to their families,” added Worley. “We want to remind everyone that these types of accidents are completely avoidable if you stay off and away from the tracks.” Spring is the season for graduations and prom portraits. NCDOT is working with the Department of Public Instruction in asking high school yearbook staff advisers to notify students and photographers of the dangers involved in taking photographs on or near railroad tracks, and warn them that any such portraits will be rejected. Some important safety information for photographers and students to remember is: Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and rights-of-way are private property, and using them as photo backdrops is trespassing. Trains cannot stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks. It is difficult to determine a train’s speed from a distance. Trains typically overhang the track by at least three feet. Never assume railroad tracks are abandoned or inactive. BeRailSafe works with North Carolina Operation Lifesaver, railroads and other safety stakeholders to educate children, teens and adults on the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks, property and equipment.
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