ATLANTA -- Officials from 13 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina have begun to discuss forming a transportation authority that, if established, would be the first bistate transit agency in the Southeast.

A task force set up by the Carolinas Transportation Compact, a grass-roots organization established to explore transportation needs in the 13 counties that surround Charlotte, N.C., agreed last Thursday to pursue the concept of such an authority, H.R. "Sonny" Timmerman, the compact's executive director, said yesterday.

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