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Support efficient public transit and bicycle and pedestrian projects. 

While funding for roads and other forms of transportation is facing significant challenges in general, funding for public transit and alternative forms of transportation – including bicycle and pedestrian projects – is even more restricted.  Both the funding formula of the new Strategic Transportation Investment (STI) strategy, as well as the political opposition to transit, are to blame.

If we are going to keep North Carolina moving forward as our population grows rapidly – and be economically competitive - we need to support more transportation options. This includes better public transit of bus and passenger rail service, as well as improving access to safe bicycle paths and pedestrian friendly sidewalks.  Demand for these alternative modes of transportation is increasing statewide, in small and large towns. 

While the relatively new Strategic Transportation Investment strategy (STI) seeks to direct more funding where the greater populations are (urban regions of the state), the new funding formula puts all non-highway projects at a significant disadvantage.

Given North Carolina’s rapidly growing population and heavy dependence on car-oriented transportation, we must invest more in efficient public transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects.  This will make our state more economically competitive, more healthy and sustainable, will increase jobs, spur new development, improve quality of life and increase freedom for our residents.1

Amend the way that highway and non-highway project scores are “normalized” to allow these different types of projects to compete against each other on an even footing.

Update the STI funding formula to allow transit and bike and pedestrian projects to compete at the state, regional and local levels, and not just be limited primarily to local funding.  Inter-city rail should be able to compete for statewide funding, which is 40 percent of the total transportation budget. Transit projects should not have to cross county lines to compete at the regional level.  

Remove funding restrictions in the Strategic Transportation Investment (STI) Strategy (for light rail or other transportation modes) because it works against the goal of the bipartisan supported STI formula which intends to fund projects based upon data and transportation demand.

Subject alternative transportation to separate criteria, such as factors that focus on transportation modes that improve quality of life and environmental quality.  Other states, such as Virginia, have been successful in building upon NC’s STI approach and have introduced such metrics in their transportation scoring formulas. 

1 American Public Transportation Association. 2013 Public Transportation Fact Book

HNTB. (December 2015). The Economic Benefits of Investing in Transit. Metro Atlanta Chamber.

American Public Transportation Association. Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment: 2014 Update.

American Public Transportation Association. (September 2012). Transit on the Cutting Edge of Clean Technology.

Bailey, Linda, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Andrew Little. (February 2008). The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction. ICF International. American Public Transportation Association.

American Public Transportation Association. (December 2013). The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S.

American Public Transportation Association. (December 2013). The Role of Transit in Support of High Growth Business Clusters in the U.S.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology. (March 2013). The New Real Estate Mantra. American Publican Transportation Association.