May 24
Towards Safe, Cost-Effective, and Equitable Transportation

  May 24, 2021, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

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A state commission has recommended that the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) budget be increased by a behemoth 40%. The recommendation generates critical questions that must be answered before policymakers act. For example, how effectively is the department deploying its current annual $5 billion budget? Are the department’s priorities in line with passenger use and demand? How should fuel-efficient vehicles impact our choices? How do we keep traffic moving and reduce congestion? Are we funding construction and maintenance appropriately? In this conversation, we’ll talk with transportation expert Randal O’Toole, whose new report, written for the Locke Foundation,  reviews the NCDOT’s programs and recommends reforms to meet the challenge of our growing state. We’ll also hear from key legislative leaders about the work they’re doing to keep North Carolina on the right course.

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We are North Carolina’s Most Trusted and Influential Source of Common Sense. The John Locke Foundation was created in 1990 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders.

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