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.
NC by Train Offers No-Hassle Travel to Fall Events
There is a lot going on across North Carolina this fall, including the State Fair, football games and a variety of festivals. If you are planning to attend any of these events, consider riding the rails and taking advantage of the no-hassle atmosphere that NC by Train has to offer. Just sit back and enjoy the ride with your family and friends and get to your destination worry-free.
Go to NCbyTrain.org for more information on ticket purchases, train schedules and the benefits that traveling by train has to offer.
Secretary Tennyson Hosts Small Business Roundtable
State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson hosted a roundtable discussion at UNC Pembroke on Friday, Sept. 9, with representatives from small- and minority-owned businesses in Robeson County that have worked as contractors and subcontractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation. The discussion focused on how the McCrory administration and transportation department are helping small and minority-owned businesses continue to be successful.
One way NCDOT supports the inclusion of small businesses is by setting aside construction contracts that can only be bid on by contractors with less than $1.5 million net worth, and by establishing goals for the participation of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. The department also offers minority-owned and women-owned small businesses in the highway construction industry financial assistance through its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Supportive Services Program.
Child Passenger Safety Week Focuses on Protecting Our Most Precious Cargo
Tragically, car crashes are a leading cause of death of children ages one to 13 years old. To help bring awareness to this preventable cause of death and injury, Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed Sept. 18-24 as Child Passenger Safety Week.
Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. As part of this week-long education and enforcement campaign, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program will be holding events to increase awareness of proper child seat safety. In addition, stations will be set up throughout the state with Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on-hand to provide education on how to use car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children.
Visit buckleupnc.org for a list of events as well as additional resources, including how to choose and use the proper car seat.