September 24, 2014
Governor, Tata unveil 25-year
vision for transportation
Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata unveiled the
Governor’s 25-year vision for transportation in North Carolina last
week with a cross-state tour that includes stops in Wilmington,
Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville to detail 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.
“Transportation is the
backbone of our state’s economy, and investing in transportation
solutions will help expand opportunities and create jobs,” Gov.r
McCrory said. “Companies want to invest where they know there is a
strong vision for moving people and products and that is why we have
made this strategic vision a priority.”
“We must have a
well-connected, well-maintained and well-funded transportation system
in place for North Carolina to continue to thrive,” Secretary Tata
said. “This vision will provide a roadmap for long-term strategic
investment that ensures we are making the most of our limited resources
and proactively addressing the ever-growing demands on our state’s
transportation infrastructure over the next quarter century.”
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.
The coastal solutions identified in the vision include:
- Sustainable beach nourishment;
- Improving highway connections;
- Replacing aging bridges;
- Stabilizing inlets, and
- Transforming North Carolina’s ports.
The eastern solutions include:
The central solutions include:
- Improving the highway connection to Hampton Roads;
- Strengthening military connections;
- Enhancing freight movement, and
- Improving I-95 connections.
The western solutions include:
- Relieving congestion for people and products;
- Expanding mass transit options;
- Enhancing access to inland ports;
- Improving connectivity to logistics hubs, and
- Supporting connections to privately developed megasites.
The comprehensive solutions identified to address transportation needs on a statewide level include:
- Improving interstate connections;
- Strengthening highway connectivity from the mountains to the coast;
- Improving intrastate connections, and
- Enhancing industrial rail to support freight movement.
Alternative funding solutions identified in the vision include:
- Strengthening the maintenance of our existing facilities;
- Improving our public transportation network including passenger rail;
- Expanding bicycle and pedestrian networks statewide, and
- Supporting greater broadband connectivity through existing right of way
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 on and to view a video about the governor’s 25-year vision, visit www.ncvision25.gov.
- Optimizing public-private partnerships;
- Reducing dependency on federal dollars;
- Taking advantage of historically low interest rates, and
- Presenting targeted Revenue Recommendations to the General Assembly for action during the 2015 legislative session.