The economy of Ocracoke Island is based primarily on tourism. So, news that visitation is down has prompted the Ferry Division to support the idea for a new passenger only ferry from Hatteras. The move should help minimize congestion for visitors and generate revenue for the isolated village.
We detail the State Transportation Improvement Program which seeks to ease congestion at a local military base and complete the expansion of Highway 17 to a four lane between New Bern and Jacksonville.
Here in eastern North Carolina, we are all looking forward to long-promised road improvements. Now, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking for public feedback on their latest State Transportation Improvement Program released December 4th. Over 1,000 projects are planned affecting every county. Sarah Finch has more.
The over 3,000 miles of rail in the Tarheel state continues to be critical in serving local industry and consumers. In December, the draft Comprehensive State Rail Plan was released for public review, part of a 25 year improvement plan. Sarah Finch reports on one facet of that plan that may bolster the economy, and how increasing passenger rail ridership may expand our options over the next 2 decades.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is paving the way to develop bicycle and pedestrian paths across the state. This week on the Down East Journal, more on the grant plan and how Emerald Isle’s bike path is paying off 10 years later.