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This Week at NCDOT: Fall Litter Sweep and Football Train Returns


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.

Fall Litter Sweep

Every April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers across the state to help remove litter from roadsides. 

This year, NCDOT’s annual Fall Litter Sweep will run from Sept. 11-25.

During the Litter Sweep, volunteers across the state take time out of their schedules to collect trash along North Carolina’s roadways.  NCDOT crews and contractors also redouble their efforts during the sweep.

During this year’s Spring Litter Sweep, a record setting 1.4 million pounds of litter were picked up in those two weeks alone. In addition, NCDOT is on pace to make 2021 a record setting year for total roadside litter pickups, surpassing the 10.5 million pounds of trash that was collected in 2019.

To sign up for the Litter Sweep, go here or visit​.

Everyone can do their part to help prevent litter from collecting on roadsides by always:
  • Securing your load before driving.
  • Never throwing thrash out of your vehicle’s window.

Carolina Panthers Football Trains Return

With the return of football, NC By Train is making it easier than ever to see a game.

For select game days, football fans can take Piedmont train 73 to Charlotte and arrive at 9:40 a.m. with plenty of time to enjoy the area around Bank of America Stadium before the 1 p.m. kickoff.

Passengers can then take their time and enjoy post-game fun and festivities before making their way back to the Amtrak station in Charlotte for a 7 p.m. departure. 

To book a ticket or learn more, visit the NC By Train's football train page​

For passenger safety, masks are required in all stations and on board all trains.

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​​.​


8/27/2021 8:33 AM