Planning for the Future

The most dramatic economic downturn since The Great Depression is changing the quality-of-life for millions of Americans. Increasing fuel costs, joblessness, and limited capital for building small business are but a few but very significant challenges, and each is affected by transportation. In the same way that rail transformed North Carolinians’ quality-of-life in the 1800's, today enhanced 21st century engineering and technology, intermodal strategies, and centuries of lessons-learned stand to revitalize rail’s life-changing potential. Blueprint North Carolina: Planning for the Future takes a look at the future impact of transportation planning in our state with a focus on the power of rail to provide equal access and benefit for all North Carolinians in an environmentally sustainable way.

Host, UNC-TV Producer/Reporter Rob Holliday

Program Guests:
BrandonMarcus Brandon    
A Political Communications Strategist for Transportation Equity Network, a grassroots network of community organizations nationwide working to create an equity-based national transportation system.

McCroryPat McCrory   
Former seven-term Mayor of Charlotte who, during his administration, headed up efforts to bring to the city North Carolina's first light-rail system. He is now Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives with the law firm Moore and Van Allen, and continues to travel the country advocating for public transportation.

GibsonTerry R. Gibson, P.E.    
State Highway Administrator for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.