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Transportation in North Carolina

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NCDOTThe North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is efficiently working to offer a convenient, effective and safe multimodal transportation network and also to provide easy connectivity of people and goods to many destinations and markets across North Carolina and worldwide. NCDOT manages and maintains numerous lane-miles of roadways, bridges, tunnels, rails and also responsible for air and water quality, communities and roadsides cleanliness.

Currently, NCDOT has the capability to employ many thousands of people and oversees whole transportation system in North Carolina, including highways, public transit, railways, aviation, ferries, and bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The department also has the responsibility to monitor and maintain North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

Contact Details:
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Transportation Building
1 S. Wilmington St.,
Raleigh, NC 27601
Customer Service: 1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-368-4968)
Website: http://www.ncdot.gov/

Road Transportation in North Carolina

The road transportation in North Carolina comprises of several interstate highways, state routes, bridges and tunnels. NCDOT is determined to ensure safe, convenient and excellent transportation and also to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.


The major interstate highways in North Carolina are-

  • I-26: It links between Charleston in South Carolina and Kinsport. In North Carolina, I-26 generally has 4 lanes which pass through the Appalachian Mountains and also crosses through Asheville and the Eastern Continental Divide.

  • I-40: In North Carolina, it links from the western Tennessee state line to Wilmington in the east. I-40 passes through cities, such as Winston-Salem, Asheville, Durham, Raleigh, Greensboro, and ends in Wilmington.

  • I-73: The highway connects from southern Ellerbe to Greensboro, through Asheboro. It is still under construction and its completed route extends in the southern region towards Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and towards northern region to Martinsville in Virginia.

  • I-74: The highway is half completed and its routes link the state in a south-easterly pattern from Virginia to South Carolina. I-74 passes through the cities of Winston-Salem, Asheboro, High Point, Lumberton and Rockingham.

  • I-77: The highway connects the cities of Charlotte and the Western Piedmont. It links from the south end at the South Carolina state line, near Fort Mill to the north end at the Virginia line near Mount Airy.

  • I-85: The highway is the state's second longest interstate and connects from the South Carolina border to the Virginia border. It serves the cities of Greenville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Greensboro, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

  • I-95: The highway connects major portion of the eastern regions of the state, linking from the southeastern Rowland region to Roanoke Rapids in the northeastern part of the Inner Banks.


adoptThe Adopt-A-Highway-Program provides a great opportunity for individuals, organizations, schools or businesses to help maintain cleanliness of all roads within the State Highway System and also plant trees or wildflowers, and helps remove graffiti, to make roads more appealing. All volunteers must be at least 12 years old and those above 18 years must be under proper adult supervision. The program is a successful government-public partnership program and various schools, social groups, business entities and religious groups actively adopt and participate in the program. The program helps to keeps the state clean by effectively reminding people not to litter, and also assist in saving taxpayers’ money.

Learn more: Adopt-A-Highway

NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

NCDOT's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) is a program that was initiated in 1973. The program works towards including bicycle and pedestrian mobility, safety and accessibility into the whole transportation program through planning, engineering, training and education. It is focused to elevate bicycling in the state as it is an energy-efficient, healthy and non-polluting transportation alternative.

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles

DMV is a major division of NCDOT and provides many services such as license and ID, vehicle services, traffic records and many other online services.

For DMV related questions, you may call 919.715.7000 during normal business hours.

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North Carolina Scenic Byways

A route is designated a scenic byway or highway as the route's roadsides and view sheds offer scenic views, archaeological, natural, historical, cultural, or recreational values while passing through it. The NCDOT has designated 54 scenic byways that offer the visitors and all passers by to witness along the waybyways, some of the state's history, geography and culture.

Contact NCDOT Scenic Byways Program
1557 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1577

Also read: North Carolina's Scenic Byways Guide Book

North Carolina 511 Information Line

The 511 Information Line in North Carolina is a part of the nation's effort to provide up to date travel information to the public by dialing 511 from the phone. The travel information is made available to the people through venues such as, Dynamic Message Signs, Highway Advisory Radio, and on other NCDOT services. The state adopted 511 in 2004. Through the automated voice response system, the 511 callers are provided with proper travel information and guidance. Callers may inquire about specific areas, and also the system gives updates traffic incidents, closures and other vital roadway conditions.

511 Alternative Toll Free Number: 1-877-511-4662

Also read:
511 FAQs

North Carolina Division of Pubic Transportation

NCDOT's Public Transportation Division was established to improve accessibility and ease of intercity, urban and rural public transportation in North Carolina. The state has 99 public transportation system that provide major services to millions of passengers annually throughout the state.

Learn more: North Calorina's Public Transportation

Also read:

Charlotte Area Transit System
Capital Area Transit
Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST)
Triangle Transit
Greensboro Transit Authority
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
Asheville Redefines Transit (art)
Wave Transit

Rail Transportation in North Carolina

The rail transportation is also one of the main transportation modes in North Carolina that serves people from all walks of life and also important for cargo transfer. The state encompasses many miles of railways and the main passenger rail service in the state is provided by Amtrak.


North Carolina Amtrak

The Amtrak in North Carolina serves the public in providing safe and convenient intercity and interstate accessibility.

Amtrak Trains in North Carolina-

  • Palmetto: New York - Washington, DC - Charleston - Savannah - Jacksonville - Orlando - Tampa/Miami

  • Silver Star: New York - Florence - Tampa via Raleigh, Cary, Southern Pines and Hamlet N.C.

  • Silver Meteor: New York - Florence - Miami via Rocky Mount N.C and Fayetteville N.C

  • Carolinian / Piedmont: New York - Raleigh - Charlotte

Amtrak station locations in North Carolina include-

Rocky Mount
Southern Pines
High Point

Discounts and Special Rates

  • Children under 2 years old accompanied with a paid adult - Ride free
  • Children ages 2-12 when accompanied by a paid adult - Ride for half fare
  • Senior citizens ages 62 and older - Discounts of 15% off the lowest fare.
  • AAA Motor Club members - 10% off the lowest fare.
  • Active military and their spouse & children - 15% off the lowest fare.
  • Military veterans who are Veteran's Advantage members - 15% off the lowest fare.
  • College students who are Student Advantage members - 10% off Amtrak fares throughout the country all year long.
  • Groups of 20 or more - Special discount. For special discount, call 1-800-USA-1GRP (1-800-872-1477).

How to Buy a Ticket?

Rail Division Contacts:

Rail Division
1553 Mail Service Center (Mail)
Raleigh NC 27699-1553
Fax: (919)715-6580
Courier: 1553 MSC

Emergency Numbers:
Passenger Trains
To report an emergency involving passenger trains, call:
Amtrak - 1-800-331-0008

Freight Trains:
To report problems involving freight trains, call:
CSX - 1-800-232-0144
Norfolk Southern - 1-800-453-2530

Crossing Signals:
To report a crossing signal problem, call:
CSX - 1-800-232-0144
Norfolk Southern - 1-800-946-4744

Train Information: 1-800-BY-TRAIN (1-800-298-7246)

Rail Division Information or Report a Problem: 919-707-4700

General Transportation Information:1-877-DOT-4YOU (1-877-368-4968)

Air Transportation in North Carolina

Air transport is an essential gateway of North Carolina that serves the locals and tourists from all over the world. It is the major mode that offers all round efficient and easy connectivity. The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operations in North Carolina.


North Carolina’s Commercial Primary International Airports include

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is a joint civil-military public international airport which is owned by City of Charlotte. The airport is operated by Charlotte Aviation Department. The major airlines that operate to and from CLT include Air Canada Express, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Insel Air, Jet Blue Airways, Lufthansa, Southwest Airlines, Ultimate Air Shuttle, United Airlines, United Express, US airways, US Airways Express and ViaAir.

The top ten domestic destinations served by CLT are-

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • New York (LGA), New York
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Houston (IAH), Texas
The top ten international destinations served by CLT are-

  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Toronto (Pearson), Canada
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • London (Heathrow), United Kingdom
  • Munich, Germany
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Contact Details:
5501 Josh Birmingham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208
Airport Information: 704-359-4013
Toll Free: I-800-FLY-CDIA
Website: http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Airport/Pages/default.aspx

Piedmont Triad International Airport

Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) is a public international airport which is owned by Piedmont Triad Airport Authority. The top airlines it serve include Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Express, US Airways Express and US Airways operated by American Airlines.

The top destinations GSO serve are-

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Chicago O'Hare, IL
  • New York-LaGuardia, NY
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Washington-Dulles, DC
  • Newark, NJ
  • Washington-National, DC

Contact Details:

Piedmont Triad International Airport
1000 A Ted Johnson Parkway
Greensboro, NC 27409
Greensboro 336-665-5600
24 Hour Info 336-665-5666
Website: http://www.flyfrompti.com/

Raleigh–Durham International Airport

Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU) is a public international airport which is owned and operated by Raleigh–Durham Airport Authority.

The major airlines and destinations RDU serve are-

  • Air Canada Express - Toronto–Pearson
  • Alaska Airlines - Seattle/Tacoma
  • Allegiant Air - Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
  • American Airlines - Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, London–Heathrow, Miami
  • American Eagle - New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia, Pittsburgh
  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles
  • Seasonal: Cancun, Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Delta Connection - Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Indianapolis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa
  • Seasonal: Miami, Nassau
  • Frontier Airlines - Denver (begins June 11, 2015), Trenton
  • Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland
  • JetBlue Airways - Boston, Fort Lauderdale, New York-JFK
  • Southwest Airlines - Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Dallas–Love, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, St. Louis, Tampa
  • United Airlines - Chicago-O'Hare, San Francisco, Washington-Dulles
  • Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental
  • United Express - Chicago–O'Hare, Denver,Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
  • US Airways operated by American Airlines - Charlotte, Los Angeles, Philadelphia
  • US Airways Express - Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington–National
  • Vacation Express - Seasonal: Cancun

Contact Details:

2400 John Brantley Blvd.
Morrisville, NC 27560
Information Desks/Terminal Announcements: (919) 840-2123
Website: http://www.rdu.com/

Wilmington International Airport

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) is a public airport which is owned by New Hanover County, North Carolina. ILM is operated by Wilmington Airport Authority.

The major airlines and destinations ILM serve are-

  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta
  • Delta Connection - Atlanta
  • US Airways operated by American Airlines - Charlotte
  • US Airways Express - Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York–LaGuardia

Contact Details:

Wilmington International Airport (ILM)
1740 Airport Blvd., Suite 12
Wilmington, NC 28405

General Information Email: info@flyilm.com
General Information Phone: (910) 341-4125
Administration Phone: (910) 341-4333
Airport Terminal Lost & Found: (910) 341-4336
Fax: (910) 341-4365
Website: http://www.flyilm.com/

Some other commercial primary airports in North Carolina are-

Water Transportation in North Carolina

Water Transportation in North Carolina has always been a major transportation system that plays a very vital role in the state’s economy. It serves the people as an enjoyable mode of transportation with many scenic sites to explore along the way. Additionally, North Carolina’s water transportation is a major mode for freight movement to various cities, states and worldwide through the numerous seaports of the state.

North Carolina State Ports Authority overviews the functioning of the ports of North Carolina. The authority monitors all vital international trade that disseminate through the global markets via the ports.

Contact Details:

North Carolina State Ports Authority
2202 Burnett Boulevard
P.O. Box 9002
Wilmington, NC 28402 USA
Website: http://www.ncports.com/nc-state-ports-authority/


Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington is owned and operated by North Carolina State Ports Authority. The port is located on the eastern coast of the United States. The port serves as a conveniently available storage areas for cargo, containers, and breakbulk operations.


Container Terminal
1 Shipyard Boulevard
Wilmington, NC 28401

General Cargo Terminal
1870 Burnett Boulevard
Wilmington, NC 28401seaports

Phone: 910-763-1621 or 800-334-0682
For emergency, contact Port Police at 910-343-6255

Hours of Operation:

Container Terminal
Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

General Cargo Terminal
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Port of Morehead City

The Port of Morehead City is located on the eastern coast of the United States and is one of the deepest ports which is just few miles away from the Atlantic Ocean. The port leads in the export of phosphate and natural rubber. The port also manages bulk as well as breakbulk cargo.


General Cargo Terminal
113 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Phone: 252-726-3158
For emergency, contact Port Police at 252-808-4209

Hours of Operation:

General Cargo Terminal
Mon- Fri: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

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