Public Transportation

“Public transportation is a crucial step in alleviating poverty. The goal is to create a public transportation system that is comprehensive and reaches the most underserved and vulnerable areas in our community, so it is easier for folks to find a job, go to their medical appointments, or attend classes at the Northern Marianas College.”

– Governor Ralph DLG. Torres

The Torres-Palacios administration believe that transportation is always the link for residents to access training, employment, childcare, and other important needs. Through the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, the goal is to provide reliable, safe, and comfortable public transportation service that is affordable, efficient, reduces energy consumption, and contributes to the cultural and economic betterment of the Marianas.

COTA is pioneering the transportation future of our islands, opening opportunities for our community to visit their doctor, go to class, or continue to earn an income without having to own or operate a vehicle.

Public transportation is one of the strongest solutions in alleviating poverty, and everyone in the Marianas, from a student at the Northern Marianas College to a mother looking for a job to support her children, can benefit from a strong transportation service from their home to their destination and back.

For more information, check out the following link:

Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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