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News State / Region Survey seeks citizen input on transportation priorities

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants more input from the public as it develops the statewide transportation blueprint known as the 2040 Plan.

NCDOT is urging citizens to take part in a second survey, and will use the results to help determine the top priorities for transportation projects in the state. An earlier survey asked people to offer their thoughts on the future of transportation and how they use it. The new survey asks people to prioritize transportation programs and asks for suggestions on funding projects.

The survey can be completed online at www.ncdot.gov/performance/reform/2040Plan/, or via mobile phone at www.ncdot.gov/m. A survey may be requested by calling 1-877-DOT-4YOU (368-4968) or writing to 2040 Plan Update, NCDOT, 1503 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1503.

The survey is part of NCDOT’s new “Policy to Projects” approach to planning. The 2040 Plan will guide transportation planning and investment for the next 30 years. It will focus on sustainable policies and programs of all types of transportation that are needed to enhance safety, improve mobility and reduce congestion for North Carolinians.

The 2040 plan is expected to include a new strategy for longterm financing that recognizes the likelihood that the gas tax will not provide enough revenue to serve as a primary source of those funds.

The plan is also intended to reflect a clear link between North Carolina’s long-term transportation investment strategies and jobs, economic opportunities, and both environmental and financial sustainability. The full plan will also include a detailed 5-year work plan and a 10-year program and resource plan. The format is intended to provide a reliable and realistic plan that is transparent and accountable.

The final 2040 Plan is expected to be presented to the NCDOT Board of Transportation for adoption in June 2012.

More information about NCDOT’s Policies to Projects process is available on NCDOT’s website www.ncdot.gov/performanc/reform and on NCDOT’s mobile site www.ncdot.m.gov.


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