Local transit grants worth $25 million are still frozen.
State Department of Transportation officials will be asked at two public meetings today to explain what they're doing to reverse the Federal Transit Administration's decision to freeze grants in North Carolina it tentatively approved in September.
"Withholding funds is a tool FTA uses sparingly," the FTA said by e-mail.
The FTA told state transportation departments in November of 2007 to prepare detailed management plans for how it would distribute the money and account for its spending. North Carolina is the only state whose funds are frozen because it failed to provide an acceptable plan.
In a Nov. 4 letter, the FTA said North Carolina was deficient in 12 of 21 areas.
State DOT officials are scheduled to discuss the FTA money today at meetings of the legislature's transportation oversight committee and the state Board of Transportation. (N&O)