by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
In January 2021, a state commission 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 can make informed decisions.
To that end, the John Locke Foundation commissioned nationally-known transportation expert Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute to perform a review of the NCDOT’s programs, priorities, and future plans. His report is the product of that review, accompanied by O’Toole’s recommendations for reforming NCDOT’s priorities with an eye toward safe, cost-effective, and equitable transportation for every North Carolinian.
Wonder how we utilize transportation? Here’s a look, according to O’Toole’s calculations.