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Posted on: November 20, 2017

Review & Provide Feedback for the Triangle Region's Draft 2045 Metropolitan Transporation Plan

CAMPO Metro Transportation Plan
The draft 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is the long-range plan for transportation improvements across the Triangle region. It includes roadway, transit, rail, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects to be implemented through the year 2045.

In order to receive federal funding, transportation projects must be included in the regional MTP. Also, the MTP may only include projects that the region can afford to build, operate and maintain. State and local governments and transportation agencies all must show that funding for projects is “reasonably anticipated to be available” over the next 25 to 30 years.

Within the MTP, projects are divided into three 10-year horizons in order to forecast the order for the implementation of the plan. The MTP is updated every 4-5 years.

The vast majority of streets, freeways, interstates in the Triangle area are managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), with the bulk of funding for improvements and maintenance traditionally coming from state and federal sources. Two maps are under consideration by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Executive Board, and are available for public comment. The Traditional Funding Map programs transportation improvements based on the amount of funding that is likely to be available over the next 30 years from traditional state and federal funding resources.

In order to provide more improvements to address the forecasted needs on roadways, additional, new, local and regional funding sources would have to be identified and implemented over time. The Additional Funding Map programs transportation improvements assuming the traditional state and federal resources as well as additional local and regional funding is identified. With additional funding, secondary roads would experience a significant increase in projects (less emphasis placed on high volume or multilane roadways as in the traditional model). Additional local and regional funding can only be approved in the plan by the Executive Board if there is a reasonable expectation of the additional revenue. An example of this would include the ½ cent transit sales tax recent implemented in Wake County.

The draft for 2045 is nearing the completion of its almost 18-month development process. The latest version can be found on the internet at www.campo-nc.us.
The draft is currently available for public review and comments until adoption by the CAMPO Executive Board, anticipated to occur at their meeting on December 13, 2017, following a public hearing on this item. Anyone from the community is invited to speak about the draft 2045 MTP at CAMPO Board Meetings, which are held monthly. Written comments can also be submitted on the website, via email: Bonnie.Parker@campo-nc.us, or via mail: CAMPO, 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 203, Raleigh, NC 27601.

CAMPO and the Durham Chapel-Hill Carrboro (DCHC) MPO are coordinating to develop the 2045 MTP for the Triangle region. To achieve more efficient and sustainable transportation in the region requires collaboration across jurisdictions. CAMPO coordinates transportation planning between local governments in Wake County and portions of Franklin, Granville, Johnston, and Harnett counties, along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), GoTriangle, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). MPOs were established under federal law, which prescribes key aspects of the regional transportation planning process in every metropolitan region across the country. There are nearly 400 MPOs in the U.S.

The CAMPO Executive Board is the decision-making body of the MPO. It is comprised of elected officials from member governments within Wake, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, and Harnett counties, as well as stakeholders from other agencies such as the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The CAMPO staff has established a close working relationship with the planning departments of all municipalities within the MPO.

Maps of all projects can be found at WWW.CAMPO-NC.USCAMPO and DCHC MPO conduct regional transportation planning studies across the region, and participate in transportation planning processes in local towns, cities, and counties, in order to collect information from industry experts, local leaders, and the community on the preferred set of projects for inclusion in the MTP. It takes approximately 18 months to work through several drafts and finalize the MTP. Public outreach occurs during the initial development of the draft plan, and then again when a final draft is being circulated throughout the region.

The deadline to submit comments is December 13, 2017.
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