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Transportation Secretary Tony Tata Participating in Tour Highlighting Importance of Federal Transportation Funding

Tour to take place tomorrow and Wednesday

RALEIGH - Invited by Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata is joining nine other federal and state transportation leaders this week to focus on the need for federal funding reform. The bus tour will highlight the importance of a national transportation network and the critical need for federal funding to pay for transportation improvements in North Carolina and other states across the nation.

Other Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members will be participating in the tour as well, including Congressman David Rouzer of North Carolina. Tata was one of five state Transportation Secretaries invited to participate along with transportation leaders from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

"I appreciate Congressman Shuster's invitation and look forward to working toward a solution," Tata said. "In North Carolina alone, we have thousands of jobs at stake along with hundreds of projects that support the safety, mobility and economic vitality of our state. I appreciate this opportunity to join forces with my peers to address our nation's transportation challenges and ensure we can move forward with necessary improvements to our transportation infrastructure."

The two-day tour includes press events, listening sessions and roundtable discussions throughout the state of Pennsylvania focused on the role the federal government plays in strengthening the nation's transportation infrastructure, the importance of identifying federal funding sources that offer long-term stability, and how partners on all levels can work together to develop creative ways to finance and expedite transportation projects.

NCDOT has taken steps to maximize its existing resources, including implementation of the Strategic Transportation Investments Law that has increased efficiency by nearly 300 percent, and the Governor's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, and is continuing to seek new ways to fund additional improvements. Despite these efforts, the department is still only able to fund about one in five of the projects that were submitted for prioritization. The nation's current surface transportation authorization, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31.

More information about thetour can be found using #PAroadshow.

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM