This week I held the first meeting of my Transportation Advisory Council in Sanford, North Carolina. Over 40 local business owners and representatives from the trucking, rail, and concrete sectors turned out for a productive dialogue on the challenges facing their industry.
Several issues were discussed, including the tolling proposal on Interstate 95, rising fuel costs, the NC gas tax, and the transportation reauthorization bills passed in the House and Senate - - to name a few.
As I noted to the council, I was proud to introduce H.R. 4174, the "No Tolls in North Carolina Act of 2012" in March. This bill will prevent the North Carolina Department of Transportation from using a federal pilot program to impose tolls on I-95 users and protect businesses and commuters from unnecessary financial burdens.
The Transportation Advisory Council will meet at least once a year and continue to update my office on issues affecting the industry.