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This Week at NCDOT: Rail Safety, REAL ID Milestone and Great Trails State Plan




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.

Rail Safety Week

This year, 10 people have died either by walking on tracks or being struck by a train at a railroad crossing in North Carolina. 

These deaths could have been prevented by following a few safety tips:

  • Always expect a train when coming to a railroad crossing. Modern trains can be difficult to hear and trains always have the right of way;

  • Never pose for photos on railroad tracks. Walking on railroad tracks is illegal and can be deadly; and

  • Don’t put yourself or others at risk by driving around lowered crossing arms. Keep your vehicle behind the white line.

The goal of National Rail Safety Week, which was held this week, is to increase awareness and educate the public about railroad safety.

NC REAL ID Reaches Milestone

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles reached a milestone with the issuance of its two-millionth REAL ID license or ID enhancement late last week.

Starting Oct. 1, 2021, federal agencies will require a REAL ID, U.S. passport or another form of federally-approved identification to board commercial airlines and enter many federal buildings or facilities. Obtaining the REAL ID is not a requirement but is easy to get. The process is on the DMV website.

Great Trails State Plan

Many of us are spending more time outdoors these days, exploring North Carolina’s trails and greenways by walking or biking. Imagine one statewide trail network that connects all 100 counties.

NCDOT and North Carolina State Parks need your help to develop the Great Trails State Plan. Take a minute and fill out a short survey.​


9/25/2020 9:41 AM