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2TheGoodRoadsState.ThatwasNorthCarolinasnicknamefordecades.Thatsbecausewiseleadersandanengagedpublicknewthatifsafetyandeconomicprosperitywereimportantwehadtoinvestinroadsbridgesandallmodesoftransportaon.Fastforwardtothenewmillenniumandwereagrowingstatepoisedtobethe7thmostpopulousstateby2030aheadofNewJerseyOhioandMichigan.AtthesamemeattheheartofhowwefundtransportaonliesanintractableaccounngdilemmaExpensesRevenueFornearly100yearsNorthCarolinahasreliedprimarilyontheMotorFuelsTaxgastaxtofundthelionsshareoftransportaonneedsinourstate.Butthesystemisbroken.Increasedfueleciencympgwhileagoodthingfordriversmeanseverymeourvehiclesmpgincreaseswegoalilefurtheronthesamegallonofgas.Wepaythesametogofurther.Thereforewepaythesameamountoftaxandconsumemoreoftheroad.Thusadecliningrevenuestream.Consumpton.Foralmosteveryitemorulityweusewearechargedonthequantyweconsume.Fortransportaonmostspecicallyhighwaysandbridgesuptonowweveprimarilypaidbasedonhowefcientlyourvehiclesconsumeeverymile.WiththeexceponofsomeminortollinginthestatedriversinNorthCarolinaeachpayfortheirconsumponbasedonhowecientlytheirvehicleoperates.BecauseituseslessgasthedriverofahybridToyotaCamrypayslessingastaxforthesamemileofroadusedbythedriverofatradionalgas-fueledCamry.Thatsnotequitablebutatitsrootitbeliesalargerproblem.Thecostofbuildingtransportaoninfrastructureisntdeclining.Theneedsourstatefacesarenotdeclining.Yetourstateisbeingaskedtodomoremaintainmoretransportaoninfrastructureandbuildnewfaciliestoaddressgrowthonashrinkingsourceofrevenue.WhatsatstakeUnder-invesngintransportaonhasveryrealconsequences.Poorsafety.Traccongeson.Vehicledamageandwear.Decreasedmobility.Missedeconomicopportunies.Allresultfromtryingtostretchtransportaondollarsbeyondtheirbreakingpoint.NCGobelievesthatnowisthemetoactmetochartourownfutureintermsofeconomicprosperitysafetyqualityoflifeandmobility.Itwillrequirevisionarypolicalleadershipandsupportfromthepublicthatelectedthem.Howwegothereandtheconsequencesofinaconwillallbelaidoutinthereportthatfollows.Sotoowillsoluons.Ourphilosophyiseveryideashouldbeonthetable.Letsconsiderallfundingmeasuresandworkbackwardstogarnersupport.Andasanorganizaonthatrepresentsbusinessesassociaonsciescouneschambersofcommerceandtransitagenciesthroughoutthestatewealsobelievethatratherthanargueovereveryonessliceofthepieweneedabiggerpie.WhereDoWeGoFromHereTransportaonGrowthandMeengNorthCarolinasFutureNeeds