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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