State officials are asking for feedback March 1-15 on a draft of the North Carolina Clean Transportation Plan that outlines strategies to decarbonize the transportation sector.
Until then, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will host its fourth and final virtual information session on the plan, 4-5 p.m. Feb. 28. Registration is required to participate.
The agency will then hold open house meetings during the first week of March. Registration is not required to attend.
Meetings on the coast will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at First Christian Church, 800 Beech St., Elizabeth City, and at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland.
Meetings are scheduled for March 2 in High Point and Pembroke and March 6 in Vilas and Hendersonville.
The information shared and feedback requested will be identical at each of the open house meetings.
“NCDOT and over 220 stakeholders worked for more than a year to develop the draft plan, which explores strategies to advance clean transportation investments and workforce development,” officials said. “The draft plan encourages an equitable transition to zero-emission vehicles and strategies to deploy clean transportation infrastructure to support the transition.”
Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 246 in January 2022 directing NCDOT to work with stakeholders to develop the plan to set the state on a course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, advance environmental justice and create good-paying jobs tied to clean transportation. The executive order builds on 2018’s Executive Order 80 and establishes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels and increase zero-emission vehicle adoption to 1.25 million vehicles by 2030, officials added.