North Carolina legislators have given final approval for a plan that would pour millions of dollars in new taxes and fees into beefing up public transit systems.
The state House voted 73-40 Monday night on legislation raising sales taxes and vehicle registration fees in the state's second- and third-largest metropolitan areas by more than $150 million a year.
The effort to pump more money into an alternative to cars would allow Wake, Orange, Durham, Guilford and Forsyth counties to collect a half-cent sales tax. Other counties could raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent for public transit.
Authorities could increase the local portion of the tax on vehicle registrations by up to $7 per vehicle to $10.