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.
New Transit Pass
NC by Train has a new option to help passengers reach their final destination after departing the train along the Raleigh-to-Charlotte rail corridor.
Beginning March 18, rail passengers can use a transit pass to travel from the train station to their local destinations.
"This new transfer pass will help out NC by Train riders complete their journey using the existing and available transit options offered by our local partners, " said Paul Worley, director of NCDOT's Rail Division. "This new program will provide our customers with a seamless option from boarding the train to their next stop."
The transit pass will be available through a partnership with NCDOT's Rail Division and the following 11 transit systems to help make it easier and more convenient to travel by train in North Carolina:
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation
Greensboro Transit Authority and Higher Education Area Transit
High Point Transit System
Rowan Transit System
Salisbury Transit System
Concord Kannapolis Area Transit
Charlotte Area Transit System
The transit pass is available to travelers on the Piedmont and Carolinian trains at no additional charge.
Just request the pass from a conductor while on board the train and present it before boarding a partner bus. The pass is valid for one ride and one transfer during the travel day.
For more information about the transit pass visit NCbyTrain.org.
Update on Hurricane Matthew Repairs
NCDOT has made tremendous progress in meeting Secretary Jim Trogdon's charge to reduce the number of road closures due to damage from Hurricane Matthew.
As of March 17, only 19 roads remain closed. More than 600 roads were closed in central and eastern North Carolina at the height of the storm.
The remaining road closures require the replacement of damaged bridges or the installation of large pipes that must be specially ordered. The department is working to reopen these roads as quickly as possible.