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This Week at NCDOT: CRAFTS Tool, Gifting Drones and Amtrak Gift Card

​​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.

CRAFTS Tool Reminder

As a reminder, the NC FIRST Commission is seeking public involvement as it works to finalize future revenue and investment recommendations to the Board of Transportation.

The commission recently launched a web tool called CRAFTS and now officials want the public to check out the web tool and then submit their suggestions online. Let us know what you think by Monday, Dec. 14.

Gifting a Drone for the Holidays

It’s the holiday season and drones are a popular gift, but it’s important new owners take the time to learn how to safely fly an unmanned aircraft.

With a growing number of drone owners in North Carolina, NCDOT is reminding new pilots to:

  • Always fly within 400 feet of the ground;

  • Never fly near airports;

  • Avoid flying over events or crowds; and

  • Don’t fly at night, even if the drone has lights.

For additional guidelines, go to the department's website

Give an Amtrak Gift Card

And if you’re stumped for a gift for the avid traveler in your life, pick up an Amtrak gift card. Choose any amount up to $500, plus there are no fees, the card never expires and you can send it to your loved one by email or mail. For details, go to

NCDOT Employees Volunteer Locally

NCDOT employees and their families and friends are giving their time to help others this holiday season. In one day, NCDOT employees moved approximately 12,000 pounds of food at a local food bank – which amounts to 10,000 meals for those in need.​


12/14/2020 12:09 PM