DOT: Politics Removed From Transportation Planning

The State Department of Transportation is changing the way they do business.

DOT officials say the public has demanded that old-fashioned politics be removed from transportation planning.

DOT officials, county and city leaders from across the east met at the GTP in Kinston Wednesday to discuss transportation reform.

The new 20 year business plan will inform the public of what projects will get done and when.

A five year work program published last year by the DOT outlines how all transportation dollars will be spent.

All projects not found in that five year work program including non highway construction projects like rail, or aviation will now be data-driven, rather than politically motivated.

DOT officials say federal stimulus money is being used on projects in at least three eastern counties and they say stimulus money has retained more jobs rather than created new positions.

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  • by Who Cares Location: Kinston on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    I think the reason for this is that, the politics hold everything up. The people in the politics are also business men and women in the area. They have other interests in mind. Not what is best for the area. They are looking out for whats best for their business. When you try to hear every politicians reason for why somthing shouldn't happen, then that's exactly what happens. NOTHING! That's what is wrong in Washington. They speak for themselves and not the PEOPLE.
  • by James Location: Manteo on Feb 24, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    So will the Bonner Bridge replacement be started on tomorrow? If it is then i will believe politics are out of the equation!
  • by J on Feb 24, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Yeah, right. We've all heard these type of promises before. I remember back when Hunt was in his last term as Governor, he stated that all politics would be removed from hiring practices in State government. Did it happen, NO.
  • by Disillusioned Location: Ayden on Feb 24, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    How gullible does Raliegh think the public is? Removing politics from a government entity? I believe that when there is actual an Easter Bunny.

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