CRTPO Newsletter  Volume 8 | Issue 1
January - March 2020 
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As the world works to respond to potential impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRTPO has modified its business procedures to accommodate remote work and participation throughout the next several weeks. During this time, critical-path meetings will be held using online meeting and conference call software ( The April 2 Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the April 15 CRTPO Policy Board meetings have been cancelled.

Staff will continue to work remotely and can be contacted via e-mail or phone. Information about CRTPO meeting status and other activities can also be found on the website.

We value the health and safety of our member jurisdictions, regional and statewide partners, and our team. Please #StayHomeStaySafe.

CRTPO Board and TCC Elect New Leadership in 2020

At the January 15 meeting, Cornelius Commissioner Dr. Michael Miltich was elected Chair, and Stallings Mayor Pro-Tem Lynda Paxton was elected Vice-Chair of the CRTPO Board for 2020. Dr. Miltich has served on the CRTPO Board since 2016. Mayor Pro-Tem Paxton has served on the CRTPO and Mecklenburg-Union MPO (MUMPO) Boards in two separate intervals since 2006; and she served as Vice-Chair of MUMPO from 2010 through 2012.

The Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) also begins 2020 with new leadership. At the January 2 meeting, Charlotte DOT Director Liz Babson was elected Chair, and Bjorn Hansen, Senior Planner for Union County was elected Vice-Chair of the TCC for 2020. Ms. Babson has served as a member of the since 2018; and Mr. Hansen has served as a delegate on the TCC since 2016.

The 2020 CRTPO Orientation Handbook is an excellent and informative resource for new and returning members. It can be viewed on the website at:

CRTPO Approves Over $55 Million to Fund  28 Roadway, Bicycle/Pedestrian and Transit Projects in Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union Counties

The CRTPO Board approved $55.4 million in its federal discretionary funds to 28 projects at its February 2020 meeting. The CRTPO is responsible for allocating federal direct attributable funds to eligible projects within the Charlotte urbanized area. The Discretionary Funds Policy document was adopted by the CRTPO in February 2019 and is used to prioritize and program all projects in the region that will utilize federal funding that is directed to the CRTPO. This process involves an annual call for all local highway, intersection, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects, and will result in an annual program of projects added to the CRTPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The process began in August of 2019, with the CRTPO opening a project call to its member jurisdictions seeking federal discretionary funds. CRTPO received 42 project applications from its member jurisdictions totaling a funding request of $110 million.

The Project Oversight Committee (POC) reviewed the project submittals and validated that projects were scored appropriately based upon the CRTPO’s Discretionary Projects Policy, adopted in February 2019. The POC Chair, Wayne Herron, stated the new policy was very effective in prioritizing existing projects and provided the guidance needed to equitably evaluate new project submittals. Ultimately, the POC recommended funding 28 of the 42 projects that were received during the project call. The TCC and CRTPO Board approved the recommended projects for discretionary funding in February 2020.

All three counties within the CRTPO planning area (Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties) received a portion of the available $55 million in STBG-DA and TAP-DA funding. Click here for a list of all project submittals and approved projects. Click here to view a map of approved projects. 

Adoption of the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program

At its February meeting, the CRTPO Board approved the following three actions related to the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP):
  • Make an air quality conformity determination;
  • Adopt amendments to the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan; and
  • Adopt the 2020-2029 TIP.
A 30-day public comment period for these three topics concluded on December 18, 2019. A summary of the public comments received on the 2020-2029 TIP adoption process can be viewed here.

Air Quality Conformity Determination
The air quality conformity determination document for the 2020-2029 TIP can be viewed here. The document demonstrates that projects contained within the 2020 through 2023 program years of the TIP and the 2045 MTP amendments both conform with the 8-hour ozone standard and conform to the purpose of the State Implementation Plan (SIP).

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Amendments
The recently approved amendments ensure the 2045 MTP conforms to CRTPO’s TIP. The Draft TIP is a subset of the 2045 MTP, and both documents must match. Specifically, the amendments:
  • Add new projects that were not previously in the 2045 MTP, but were identified in the TIP;
  • Move projects to another horizon year in the 2045 MTP;
  • Change project extents in the 2045 MTP to match the limits in the TIP.
The 2045 MTP amendments approved to conform to the TIP can be viewed in the following map and list links:   
          MAP           LIST

2020-2029 TIP Adoption
A financial plan has been completed and funding sources and revenue estimates cover the cost of projects in 2020-2023 of the TIP, which are the program years recognized by the U.S. DOT. The financial plan can be viewed by clicking here.

The projects shown in the TIP have originated through NCDOT’s Prioritization 5.0 process. Projects in CRTPO’s TIP can be viewed in the maps and lists below.
  • Highway TIP Projects            MAP      LIST
  • Non-Highway TIP Projects    MAP      LIST
To view the NCDOT 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program supplement for CRTPO click here.
Performance-Based Planning

Performance-Based Planning and Programming – 2020 Safety Targets Approved

The CRTPO Board approved the 2020 performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) safety targets in February 2020. The 2020 safety targets were initially established by NCDOT and released to MPOs throughout the state for review in August 2019. Monitoring system performance, establishing targets, and integrating PBPP into its other transportation planning activities are the primary responsibilities of CRTPO related to performance management.

CRTPO works closely with NCDOT and CATS to establish, monitor and update PBPP targets and incorporate performance management into related plans and programs. Provisions for documenting CRTPO’s responsibilities, collecting and sharing data, and setting and reporting targets are found on the Performance-Based Planning and Programming webpage.
UPWP Resource Guide

FY 2021 UPWP Approval

The CRTPO Board adopted the FY 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) at its March 18 meeting. The UPWP is adopted annually in accordance with joint Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration guidelines, and describes the planning activities that are anticipated for the coming fiscal year, while also documenting the allocation of state and federal funds associated with each planning activity.

The most significant activities anticipated for the upcoming fiscal year include: beginning the development of the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan; funding three new staff positions that the CRTPO Board approved as a result of the staffing assessment; implementing performance-based planning requirements; and continued travel demand modeling. To view the FY2021 UPWP memorandum and resolution click here.
Regional Mobility Initiative Study Area
Regional Mobility Initiative Study Area

CONNECT Beyond: A Regional Mobility Initiative

On February 24, 2020, Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) launched CONNECT Beyond: A Regional Mobility Initiative, with representatives from 12 counties across North and South Carolina. During this 18-month study, the team will create a single, coordinated transit vision for our bi-state region of 2.5 million people. 

CONNECT Beyond will focus on all modes of public transit, including light rail, commuter rail, buses and paratransit. The goal is to come up with a plan to coordinate across geographic and organizational boundaries to ensure efficient and well-connected mobility choices to better serve the people of our region. 

For more information on CONNECT Beyond visit

CRTPO adds two new staff members to the team!

2020 began with two new experienced professionals joining the CRTPO staff.

Jerrel Leonard

Jerrel was recently hired as the CRTPO’s first transit planner.  This is a new position as recommended from the staffing assessment. He will be providing support and working with the multiple transit service providers within the CRTPO planning area along with the local, state, and federal transit stakeholders.  He will be providing technical guidance on transit projects and funding programs for long, mid, and short-term planning purposes.

Previously, Jerrel worked in planning positions in the areas of transportation, land use, and community engagement for the public and private sectors in Alabama and Georgia. He lives in the Steele Creek area of the City of Charlotte. Jerrel is very excited to join the team as the first transit planner with CRTPO.

Jennifer Stafford

Jennifer Stafford was recently hired as CRTPO's Project Development Planner. She will lead the CRTPO's discretionary projects program, provide support to the Project Oversight Committee, and assist with the development and maintenance of CRTPO's UPWP.

Ms. Stafford previously worked for the Charlotte Department of Transportation as the Pedestrian Program Manager. She is an NC registered Landscape Architect, has a master’s from Portland State University in Engineering Management, focusing on project management, and has a post-graduate certificate from the University of California, Irvine, in contract management. She is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager with federal grant experience in contracting and project management. 

Ms. Stafford resides in Charlotte with her husband, Philip. She has extensive interest in many hobbies, from precious metals engraving to enameling and weaving to glass fusing.

Upcoming Public Meetings

NCDOT Public Meetings 
For information about upcoming NCDOT public meetings, visit the NCDOT public meetings web page. 

CRTPO Public Meetings and Announcements
Visit for additional meetings and announcements posted between quarterly newsletters.


CRTPO Board & TCC Elect New Leadership

CRTPO Approves $55.4 Million

2020-2029 TIP Adopted

Performance-Based Planning Safety Targets

FY 2021 UPWP Approved

CONNECT Beyond: A Regional Mobility Initiative

CRTPO Adds Staff

Upcoming Public Meetings
NEW:  We are now live streaming the CRTPO Board meetings. Click on the date below to view the meeting: 
March 18, 2020
February 19, 2020
January 15, 2020
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Note: April Meetings have been cancelled.

2020 Board Meetings

May 20
June 17
2020 TCC Meetings
May 7
June 4

Documents of Interest

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)





Dr. Michael Miltich 
Commissioner, Town of Cornelius

Lynda Paxton
CRTPO Vice Chair
Mayor Pro-Tem, Town of Stallings

Technical Coordinating Committee

Liz Babson
TCC Chair
Director, Charlotte Department of Transportation

Bjorn Hansen
TCC Vice Chair
Senior Planner, Long Range Planning, Union County

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