The new 21st Century Transportation Committee will have its first meeting Wednesday, November 8, 2007 at 1:00 pm in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building. A website for the committee is now up. should be functional by Thursday. The committee charge and authorization has been posted, and a press release from the office of Senate President Pro Tem Mark Basnight contains details of the charge to the committee, noting the following goals:
The 21st Century Transportation Committee will study:
- Ways to improve the transportation systems of the State in order to promote economic growth and ensure that the State can compete and participate in the global economy.
- Innovative methods to fund the transportation needs of the State, including an examination of traditional and nontraditional methods of financing transportation infrastructure.
- Priorities of the Department of Transportation, including methods to ensure adequate funding for corridors and projects of statewide significance.
- Methods to use new and innovative technology to improve the transportation system.
- Options for local transportation funding.
- Ways to adequately fund road construction to address urban congestion and to improve mobility.
- Methods to spend transportation funds in the most effective and cost efficient manner, including ways to use recycled materials, and reuse and recycle road materials.
- Ways to ensure the continued safety of the current transportation system, including an analysis of the safety and reliability of bridges in the State.
- The appropriate division of responsibility for transportation infrastructure between State and local government and any federal role in providing transportation infrastructure needs.
- The role of ports, airports, mass transit, rail, and pedestrian and cycling access in providing the transportation needs of the State.
- Public transportation needs in urban areas.
- Methods to encourage fuel conservation and energy conservation in North Carolina.
Live audio of meetings in Raleigh should be available by clicking “Appropriations Committee Room 643” at our audio link.