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Gov. McCrory, DOT Secretary Tata Unveil 25-Year Vision

Governor McCrory’s Press Office – September 17, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata recently unveiled the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. The plan details the challenges faced by and solutions proposed for each of the state’s four major regions: coastal, eastern, central and western, as well as comprehensive solutions for the whole state.

This 25-year vision builds on the foundation established by the Strategic Transportation Investments law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor McCrory last summer. The law changes the way North Carolina funds and prioritizes major transportation projects, allowing the state to make the best possible use of its existing resources over a 10-year period.

While the new law is still in the implementation process, the N.C. Department of Transportation estimates that based on current data it will be able to fund more than twice the number of projects it could under the previous funding formula. The 25-year vision will take these efforts a step further to ensure that the state is maximizing its resources and fully leveraging its infrastructure over the long-term.

The vision does not include a list of specific projects, but rather provides high-level solutions for the state by laying out the future investments needed to help each region and North Carolina as a whole achieve their full potential.

In addition to identifying challenges and solutions, the vision also addresses the critical need for alternative funding solutions that will allow the state to close the growing gap between infrastructure needs and available funding, and invest in the strategic vision.

For more information and to view the Governor’s 25-Year Vision, visit www.ncvision25.gov.

John’s Comment: While I recognize this story was generated from Governor’s office itself, and therefore somewhat self-promoting by nature, I included it because of the way he and Secretary Tata tie transportation to the economy, jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. Nicely done, and I think any DOT in the country would be pleased to have their Governor talk about the importance of transportation the way Governor McCrory does in North Carolina.