NCDOT emphasizes the dangers of railroad photography, international transportation professionals gather in N.C., the Sponsor-A-Highway Program expands statewide and the Ferry Division extends the summer schedule for Hatteras and Ocracoke
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.
NCDOT Warns Against Railroad Photography
The NCDOT Rail Division's BeRailSafe program urges individuals and professional photographers to stop taking photographs on railroad tracks, property and equipment. In recent years, there have been several instances nationwide of photographers and subjects being struck and killed by trains during photo shoots. Railroad tracks are not safe, they are considered private property and trespassers can be charged with a misdemeanor.
North Carolina Hosts International Conference on Ecology and Transportation
North Carolina recently hosted hundreds of transportation professionals from more than 20 countries as part of the 2015 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, which is a multi-disciplinary conference addressing the broad range of ecological issues related to transportation.
NCDOT Awards Statewide Sponsor-A-Highway Contract
NCDOT has selected Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation and Adopt a Highway Litter Removal Service of America to expand the previous Sponsor-A-Highway program to statewide status. The California-based companies will extend coverage to all of North Carolina's interstate highways beginning Oct. 1, 2015.
Ferry Division Extends Summer Schedule for Hatteras-Ocracoke Route
With heavy demand continuing for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route, the Ferry Division has decided to extend the summer season schedule an additional two weeks. The initial plan was to cut back from 36 to 26 daily trips each way on Sept. 22. Instead, the full schedule will continue through Oct. 6.
For more information on NCDOT 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.