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 [Editor’s note: The N.C. Progress Board, a group created by state lawmakers to track trends in North Carolina and set goals for the state, issued its first report in December 2001.

[Each week, the Philanthropy Journal spotlights an issue examined in the report. The goals, targets and analysis below are those of the Progress Board.]

North Carolina should develop and maintain a balanced, nationally-recognized transportation system for moving people, services and goods safely and efficiently.

The state’s transportation system must be about efficient commerce, not just good roads, to be truly competitive.

In the years ahead, North Carolina’s leaders will be forced to make tough choices as they allocate scarce resources for transportation.

To reconcile competing transportation demands, and make each tax dollar count, we will have to reassess our traditional commitment to highway access, and explore more efficient ways to move people, goods and services.

The 21st century economy will demand that North Carolina build a balanced, world-class transportation system that seamlessly links people and goods with roads and other transportation modes — mass transit, rail, air and seaport service.

State and local governments should upgrade their public transportation systems to ease roadway congestion in urban centers.

The state should develop and maintain competitive airports, seaports and rail systems, and develop efficient inter-modal facilities that connect these systems, for promoting global, intra-state and inter-state commerce.

The state also should promote the development of world-class logistics centers near its most prominent aviation facilities.

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