Why North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure is among the best
The city of Charlotte is a perfect destination to host the ITS America 2021 Annual Meeting. The “Queen City,” also known as the “Jewel of the South” is a hub of museums, world-renowned restaurants, beautiful parks, shopping, universities, sports teams and more. Not only is Charlotte known for its vibrant culture and attractions, but the city is also perfectly situated in North Carolina, which has a robust transportation infrastructure connecting businesses to regional and global markets.
Key Facts About North Carolina’s Infrastructure
There are four international and eleven regional airports that connect North Carolina to major cities within the US and around the world.
North Carolina has the second largest state-owned highway system with over 18,400 bridges in the state.
There is an integrated rail system with more than 3,160 miles of rail across the state, two major seaports and 1,150 miles of inland waterways.
The state also has an exceptional workforce and possesses utility and transportation advantages – enabling quick customer service and more cost-effective transportation.
The NC Department of Transportation works on hundreds of projects across the state that offer substantial benefits to thousands of drivers every day. In late 2019, The North Carolina Board of Transportation adopted the 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program, which consists of more than 1,700 projects across North Carolina (1,319 highway, 86 aviation, 234 bicycle and pedestrian, 6 ferry, 23 public transit, and 50 rail projects). These projects were identified through a data-driven scoring system called Strategic Prioritization.
Projects are subdivided by category: interstate, rural, urban, bridge, municipal bridge, bicycle and pedestrian, congestion mitigation, highway safety improvement program, ferry, passenger rail and roadside environmental. View list of current high-profile projects and studies here.
“Along with our partner the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, we are looking forward to the event in Charlotte, which will celebrate and showcase innovation, and the strong community in the region and across the US for the ITS community,” said Jaime McAuley, Event/Brand Director, ITS America Event Group – Reed Exhibitions.
The State of North Carolina, specifically the Charlotte Metropolitan area, is experiencing a surge in population, which comes with new opportunities as well as challenges. There is more emphasis on the State’s transportation infrastructure than ever before to ensure that it’s supporting the State’s tremendous rise in population as well as its strong, healthy, vibrant culture and economy.