State, local leaders seek best route for North Carolina’s transportation future

Hundreds of transportation leaders converged in Raleigh on Wednesday to discuss plans to alleviate traffic congestion and design better ways to get around in the future.

By 2040, North Carolina’s population is expected to increase by 3 million, which is equal to the population of Kansas. State and local leaders say proper planning is needed to prevent major traffic problems down the road.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation put leaders from around the state, including policy makers, transportation and industry experts, and representatives from city and county governments, together for a two-day summit to discuss the future of transportation and emerging technologies. Organizers said they hope the conversations will help shape long-range plans to fund a more modern system.