Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
First Lady Cooper Joins NCDOT to Christen New Locomotives
First Lady Kristin Cooper joined state and local officials, as well as members of the community, to christen the #1984 "City of Kannapolis" and #1871 "Town of Cary" locomotives for use in North Carolina's daily Piedmont passenger service.
"Rail improvements like this are essential to providing a comprehensive transportation system to move people safely and efficiently," said NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon.
The event was held at the N.C. Department of Transportation Locomotive and Railcar Maintenance Facility in Raleigh.
View pictures of the new locomotives online at ncdot.gov.
New Drone Laws to Take Effect
As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina's laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry.
Gov. Roy Cooper has signed two bills to ensure that drone operation remains safe.
House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons (a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet). The law goes into effect Dec. 1.
House Bill 337 revises existing state drone laws, clarifying that UAS laws will now apply to model aircraft as well starting Dec. 1.
The UAS Knowledge Test Study Guide has been updated to reflect these changes and is available on the N.C. Division of Aviation website. You can also view pictures from the first NCDOT Division of Aviation free workshop for government and commercial drone operators, held this month on the campus of UNC Charlotte.