. . . One part politician and two parts policy wonk, [Henderson County commissioner Bill] Lapsley has been rewarded by the state transportation secretary, who appointed him to a new commission to recommend how North Carolina can modernize its transportation investment strategy.
Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon announced last week that the newly formed commission would research how emerging technologies, shifting behavior patterns and changing demographics affect the state’s transportation investment system and develop ways to meet the need for critical resources in the future.
“My sense is that with the increasing number of hybrid cars and electric cars and people being a little more cautious about mileage and driving that the total dollars of gas tax money is not keeping up with inflation in the cost of roads,” Lapsley said this week. “My sense is he’s trying to figure out some other approach that North Carolina should be using.”. . . Continue reading