Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in the department's weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now.
Secretary Tennyson Visits N.C. Universities
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson visited North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to observe transportation-related classes, meet with students and faculty and discuss the transportation industry, job opportunities in state government and how Governor Pat McCrory's administration is making college more affordable for students and their families.
The state budget signed by Governor McCrory guarantees students' undergraduate tuition rate if they graduate within four or five years, depending on their field of study. The budget also caps fee increases at 3 percent annually.
Back-to-School Safety Reminder
Many elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state are kicking off a new school year, in addition to year-round schools that are already underway.
That means thousands of school buses will be returning to North Carolina's roadways, and many other students will be traveling by car, biking and walking to and from school. Drivers should watch for students, use extra caution and obey all laws -including never passing a stopped school bus -in school zones and around school buses and bus stops.
Since 1999, 13 North Carolina children have been struck and killed while getting on or off a stopped school bus. There have been 2,552 convictions statewide for failure to stop for a stopped bus in the last five years, and in 2015 alone, there were 2,271 convictions for speeding in a school zone.
Return of the Panthers Train
With the start of football season, the department will again be hosting its popular Panthers train, offering fans a fun and easy way to travel to and from Carolina Panthers games in Charlotte.
Passengers headed to Sunday games with a 1 p.m. start time can take Piedmont Train 73 from Raleigh at 6:45 a.m. or board at one of the other seven stations along the rail corridor, and return on Piedmont Train 76 at 5:15 p.m.
Visit NCbyTrain.org for additional details or to purchase tickets.
For more information about 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.gov.