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This Week at N.C. Transportation: Santa Train Helps Kick-Off Holiday Season

All aboard the Santa Train, NCDOT helps reduce traffic congestion around Christmas Town USA, and the Tree of Life honors those who lost their lives on highways in 2014
RALEIGH - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Riders on board the Santa Train on December 5th were able to have an early visit with the big man himself. North Carolina's Amtrak ran two Santa Trains: One from Charlotte to High Point, and another from Raleigh to Greensboro. The popular event also featured Mrs. Claus, carolers and refreshments.
Miles of brake lights ahead: It's one holiday light display no one wants to see. And since more than half a million visitors will travel through McAdenville in Gaston County this holiday season for a glimpse of the town's iconic light display, NCDOT is working to help traffic flow smoothly into and around Christmas Town, USA.
The annual "Tree of Life" illuminated Friday, Dec. 4, on the grounds of the State Capitol in memory of the 1,277 lives lost on North Carolina highways last year. The Governor's Highway Safety Program, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and law enforcement officers from across the state joined families and friends of the victims to honor the lives lost and bring awareness to the dangers of drunken driving.
For more information on N.C. Transportation Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT's online newsroom.

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2/15/2018 5:21 PM

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