Panel recommends raising NC revenues for transportation 40%

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Cars in traffic (Photo: Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0)

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A blue-ribbon panel has called on North Carolina to boost transportation spending by 40% through the next decade to improve a “mediocre” infrastructure of highways, railroads and transit.

The North Carolina First Commission was created nearly two years ago.

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Members finalized their findings and recommendations Friday. They suggest several options to locate at least $2 billion more annually to address challenges from a surging population, congestion and aging secondary roads.

The commission also points to new money-raising ideas to respond to heavy road use by e-commerce companies.

Taxes and fees would need backing from the Republican-led legislature and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.