NCDOT now about halfway complete with Piedmont Improvement Program
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.
Fans Enjoyed Unique Ride to Home Games on "Panthers Train"
This was a big year for the Carolina Panthers and their run to Super Bowl 50. NCDOT was proud to help get some fans to the stadium for regular season games. More than 4,900 Panthers fans from Raleigh to Charlotte enjoyed a unique opportunity to travel to home games this year on board the "Panthers Train." Piedmont trains 73 and 76 departed the Raleigh Amtrak station on game day mornings to take fans to Charlotte, and returned to Raleigh after the games in the evenings. NC by Train will offer this special ride again in the 2016 season.
Piedmont Improvement Program Halfway Complete
NCDOT is now about halfway complete with the Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP), a series of railroad and highway enhancements to modernize the state's railroads and make highway-rail crossings safer. The nearly $550 million investment will bring safer and more reliable travel for both passenger and freight trains, as well as highway motorists. It also will better connect the economic regions of Raleigh and Charlotte and the cities, towns and communities in between.
Through PIP, NCDOT is:
Constructing 12 new roadway bridges that will carry traffic over or under railroad tracks;
Adding 31 miles of parallel track to help both freight and passenger trains move in a more reliable and timely manner;
Closing 38 public and private railroad crossings to eliminate the potential for train and vehicle collisions;
Improving train stations and passenger rail cars; and
Adding two daily passenger train trips on its popular service between Raleigh and Charlotte.
To complete the track work, NCDOT is partnering with the North Carolina Railroad Company, which is providing some funding, and Norfolk Southern and CSX, which are providing much of the track work.
Online License Renewals
To improve customer service and reduce wait times at offices, the Division of Motor Vehicles now offers online license renewals. Other available online services include applications for duplicate licenses and address changes for driver licenses and vehicle registration. More information on these services can be found here.
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.