Course Description

We have learned that there is a cure for traffic jams—shut down the economy. Obviously, it’s not a cure we can afford. Isn't there another choice? National, state, and local decisions—public and private—have impacts. Some travel patterns are centuries old, while the future of battery-powered autonomous vehicles and a “transportation as a service” philosophy may upend the whole game. And it's not just traffic. Transit, aviation, ferries, bike/pedestrian ways, and rail are all needed and affect each other. This course will seek to review transportation decisions (successes and failures) that have brought us to this point, and how we plan, fund, build, and maintain a system that serves the whole state. We relied on a user fee structure for a century—fuel taxes and vehicle registrations. Now we face an uncertain future as fuel types, car ownership systems, and land use patterns are all in flux. We’ll discuss some of our options and their potential effects on our future ability to travel. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion; Viewing videos.

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Section Title
Transportation in North Carolina: How Did We Get Here, and Where Are We Headed?
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Sep 17, 2020 to Nov 19, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes
Please note: The instructor will suggest various transportation sites (Port of Wilmington, NC Transportation Museum in Salisbury, NC Division of Aviation at RDU, etc.) that individuals might want to visit on their own.