Ground breaks for Raleigh Union
Station, Passenger ferry trials take place, students learn about careers in
transportation and NCDOT helps bring jobs to Harnett County
The following are highlights from the past week at the North Carolina Department of Transportation
. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, NCDOT Now, which can be viewed by clicking here
. Raleigh Union Station GroundbreakingOn Friday, May 8, NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata and Governor Pat McCrory joined officials from the City of Raleigh and Amtrak, as well as local elected officials to break ground on the future Raleigh Union Station. The current Raleigh Amtrak Station, in downtown Raleigh, served 160,000 passengers in 2013, making it one of the busiest Amtrak stations in the Southeastern United States. It is often overcrowded and does not have an adequate platform to serve longer trains.The new, larger passenger rail station will better serve the current needs of passengers travelling into and out of Raleigh. Passenger Ferry TrialsNCDOT's Ferry Division recently performed trial runs for a passenger-only ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. The 149-passenger Motor Vessel Provincetown III arrived on the Outer Banks May 1 for the trials. The ferry was open to the public for tours on May 4 and May 5.. These trial runs are part of a feasibility study looking at whether passenger ferry service is a viable supplement to car ferries on the Hatteras-Ocracoke route.2015 Career Exploration DayMore than 100 students from the Wake County area recently participated in the 2015 Career Exploration Day on Tuesday, May 5, at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Students were able to participate in a career expo and truck fair, where they were able to learn first-hand about the various careers available at NCDOT.NCDOT engineers also shared with students their stories and experiences from working in the transportation industry.The 2015 Career Exploration Day is one of many events held by the NCDOT Office of Education Initiatives, which works with schools around the state to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina's future transportation needs.NCDOT Service Road Helps Bring Jobs to Harnett NCDOT recently partnered with the City of Dunn, Harnett County, North Carolina Department of Commerce and Rooms To Go on a project to help bring new jobs to Harnett County. When Rooms To Go first agreed to bring 220 jobs and a 1.2 million-square-foot facility to Dunn, a critical part of the plan was to construct a service road for trucks to use for access to I-95.This new route will provide trucks a safe and easy drive to and from I-95 to the Rooms To Go Distribution Center, and lets customers effortlessly access the Rooms To Go Showroom. For more information on NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660.