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.
School Bus 100th Anniversary
On September 5, 1917, 100 years ago this week, students in Pamlico County were transported to school on a motorized bus for the first time in North Carolina.
The brainchild of Pamlico County Schools Superintendent TB Attmore, the buses could seat 30 and were first driven by Zeb Brinson of Arapahoe. The bus was an instant hit, and was quickly adopted by other rural eastern counties. Previously, many children across the state either rode to school on a horse-drawn wagon, or walked.
North Carolina was one of the first states to adopt the then-cutting-edge technology of motorized vehicles in such a way. The goal was to improve educational opportunities for rural students by making it easier for them to attend centralized schools.
NC REAL ID Passes Milestone
Another important transportation milestone was passed this week in North Carolina as more than 100,000 drivers have obtained their new REAL ID since it debuted in May.
The NC REAL ID is a form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a plane, or visiting a military base or other federal facility. To date, North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles has issued more than 115,000 REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards.
Without this, travelers will need to provide additional identification to board a commercial plane or visit federal facilities beginning in 2020. To obtain their initial REAL ID, residents will need to bring documents to their local driver license office that verifies their identity, date of birth, social security number, residence, and legal status. The complete list of verification documents, along with other information, can be found at NCREALID.com
Fall Litter Sweep
The NCDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program is set to kick off its fall Litter Sweep on September 16, running through September 30. Last year's fall event removed more than a half a million pounds of litter from roads and highways.
Volunteers from local businesses, schools, and other community groups work with NCDOT to help keep our State's roadways clean all year, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in cleanup costs. In addition, Adopt-A-Highway groups participate in Litter Sweeps in the spring and fall, helping to increase cleanup and encourage the community to be good stewards of the environment.
"Ride down the road and just look at the trash that gets thrown out beside the road. You realize there's plenty of roads and there's plenty of trash," Said Litter Sweep volunteer Robert Gaines. "Everybody can get involved. It doesn't take any particular skill; DOT will furnish you everything you need. Just supply a little time and effort."
Visit NCDOT's Litter Sweep webpage for more information or to apply to be part of the fall Litter Sweep this month.
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov