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Transportation Committee

Overview

This Committee will work with local, regional and state planners to assess transportation requirements and upgrades for the area. Because regional road capacities may not be adequate to handle projected requirements, it is necessary to identify proposed changes and improvements; the status of transportation improvement projects and to identify the need for additional improvements. This also requires coordination with the state's Department of Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). Further, the Jacksonville MPO, Down East RPO, Eastern Carolina RPO, the Highway 17 Association and the Highway 70 Corridor Association should be included in this discussion as well as public transit operators.

This area has three regional airports (New Bern, Jacksonville and Kinston) and two that handle private air traffic (Mount Olive and Beaufort). There is one port at Morehead City. There is rail service to the military facilities as well as the port. However, there is no commuter or passenger rail service in the study area. There is free state-operated ferry service between Pamlico County and Craven County. There are two intercity bus services: Carolina Trailways and Greyhound Lines. NCDOT provides operating assistance of two cents per passenger mile — up to $63,000 per year — for three critical Carolina Trailways routes in eastern North Carolina that otherwise would be abandoned by the carrier. There are few municipalities or counties in the study area that have true designated bike lanes.

Committee Tasks

  • Evaluate entrances to military facilities from highways to determine if gate changes are needed.
  • With the assistance of RPO and MPO planners, map current major roads and highways and indicate most recent traffic counts for each.
  • With the assistance of RPO and MPO planners, evaluate the planned/scheduled improvements to the roads, highways and bridges and new roads planned (use TIP and other planning documents) over the next five years.
  • Examine Marine Corps EIS traffic analysis assumptions and correlate to NCDOT TIP.
  • Identify impacts on major roads and highways resulting from the projected population increases and increased traffic to/from the military facilities and ranges (personal vehicles, convoys, equipment).
  • Coordinate with military facilities planners to analyze how the increased traffic in the study area will affect the mission readiness and deployments of the military facilities.
  • Analyze the affect that the additional traffic will have on air quality.
  • Analyze the services and capacities offered at the three regional airports. Project need for additional services and make recommendations to fill those needs.
  • Analyze the military use of the regional airports and note any concerns.
  • Analyze the services and capabilities of the inter-city bus services that are available. Project need for additional services and make recommendations to fill those needs.
  • Analyze the services and capabilities of the local bus services that are available. Project need for additional services and make recommendations to fill those needs.
  • Analyze the local taxi services. Determine if additional services will be needed to meet the projected population increase. Make recommendations to fill those needs.
  • With assistance of military facilities planners, evaluate their facilities' need for additional rail or port services. Make recommendations to fill those needs.
  • Analyze the services and availability of current ferry service and make recommendations for any needed changes.
  • Evaluate emergency preparedness and emergency evacuation requirements as they relate to the influx of military.

Committee Chairperson: Ken Smith

Committee Vice-Chairperson: Larry Meadows

Transportation Committee Meetings

  • 10:00am, September 11, 2008-via teleconference. Public can attend teleconference at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville NC, 28540.
  • 10:00am-2:00pm, October 1, 2008- Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 2:00pm-5:00pm, October 16, 2008- Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 10:00am-1:00pm, January 28, 2009- Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 10:00am-1:00pm, February 17, 2009-Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm, March 31, 2009-Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540 
  • 10:00am-1:00pm, April 23, 2009-Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • 10:00am-1:00pm, June 2, 2009-Located at the Jacksonville-Onslow Commerce Center at 1099 Gum Branch Rd. in Jacksonville, NC 28540

Transportation Committee Agenda

Transportation Committee Minutes

  • June 2, 2009 Transportation Committee Minutes
  • March 31, 2009 Transportation Committee Minutes
  • February 17, 2009 Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
  • January 28, 2009 Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
  • October 16, 2008 Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
  • October 1, 2008 Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Sept. 23, 2008 Trasportation Committee Meeting Minutes
  • Sept. 11, 2008- Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes