State DOT Chiefs Cite Range of Services, Economic Value From Road Projects

AASHTO Journal, 29 May 2015

Transportation TV has been interviewing a number of CEOs from state departments of transportation, and is rolling out a series of videos featuring those officials as they describe their agencies and talk about investment needs.

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In a Two-Minute Update report, TTV talks with Anthony Tata, North Carolina’s transportation secretary, who explains a department whose wide-ranging, multimodal responsibilities go well beyond the state’s highway system. The North Carolina DOT, he notes, also oversees the nation’s second-largest ferry system, plus 72 airports, passenger rail, transit, ports, turnpike, bike and pedestrian paths and motor vehicle licensing.

“It’s an enterprise business,” Tata said, “that really is responsible for billions in revenue, and jobs.”

Separately, the latest TTV News Update has interviews with agency CEOs from Arkansas and Tennessee, who explain why the uncertainty about future federal funding – which is heightened by repeated short-term extensions of the Highway Trust Fund – is causing project delays across the country. They note that millions of dollars’ worth of projects that could improve safety, reduce congestion and replace aging roads or bridges have been placed on hold.

Also in that News Update, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead explains why he supports greater investment in transportation, and shares his ideas on how Congress can solve its long-term funding issue.

See these reports, and hundreds more, at the TTV website.

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