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North Carolina House begins transportation study committee

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members have started scrutinizing the state’s transportation needs and how to locate more funds over time to pay for building them.

A special committee held its first meeting Tuesday. Members talked about the goals and topics they would like to see discussed over the coming months.

The General Assembly located during this year’s session about $700 million in additional transportation funds through mid-2017 that will help build more high-priority projects more quickly.

Those funds remain a small percentage of what’s needed to meet demands of the state’s growing population over the next 25 years. Committee chairman Rep. John Torbett of Stanley says the panel also must recognize the younger adult population has different transportation needs.

The panel ultimately will make recommendations to the full General Assembly.

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