CRTPO Newsletter  Volume 4 | Issue 3
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Bill Thunberg of the LNTC provides an overview of the CTP at a public meeting in Mooresville on July 26.

Comprehensive Transportation Plan: Public Outreach Summary

CRTPO began an outreach effort in May to receive public input on its draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) in anticipation of the adoption of four modal maps later this year. The public outreach period closed on August 31, 2016 and 173 public comments were received on the draft maps through the website, interactive maps, and during open houses within each county. A summary of public comments received can be viewed here. The comments received covered a wide range of topics and all four of the CTP’s modes: highway, public transportation and rail, bicycle and pedestrian.
The outreach effort featured a first for the CRTPO: Two webinars were conducted to provide an opportunity to learn about the CTP to those unable to attend an open house. Nearly 20 residents and stakeholders participated in the two webinars. The webinar from July 29 can be viewed here.
Twenty-two presentations or displays were conducted on the CTP during the public outreach period. Presentations were made by staff to town boards, transportation advisory groups, interest groups, and through public meetings held in CRTPO’s three counties. Over 300 people were reached through these outreach methods.

More information on the CTP outreach effort can be found here.

NCDOT Prioritization 4.0 Update

NCDOT released information regarding the Regional Impact projects that will be programmed in the 2018-2027 TIP as a result of Prioritization 4.0. The lists of programmed Regional Impact projects can be viewed here for Mecklenburg and Union Counties (Funding Region E) and here for Iredell County (Funding Region F).

A public comment period was conducted from August 18 through September 23 on the draft allocation of local input points to Division Needs projects in Prioritization 4.0 based upon the approved CRTPO local input points methodology. One public comment was received from Sustain Charlotte, and can be viewed here. A public meeting was held on the Division Needs projects proposed for local input points assignment prior to the August 17 CRTPO meeting, and three residents attended. The Division Needs projects proposed for local input point assignment in Prioritization 4.0 can be viewed here.

CRTPO is scheduled to approve the list of Division Needs projects proposed for local input point assignment at the October 19 meeting. Residents can provide public comment on the projects during the October 19 meeting by signing up to speak prior to the meeting. 

Congestion Management Process & Performance Measures

Federal law requires the evaluation and monitoring of system performance through two distinct, yet related activities: The Congestion Management Process (CMP) and Performance Management. The CRTPO, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Charlotte urbanized area, is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to carry out the requirements associated with each, in coordination with other federal, state, and regional transportation agencies.

Previous CMP efforts have been ongoing (
click here for details); however, specific regulations for performance management have been introduced in recent years and are still being finalized. The CRTPO has contracted with RS&H to assist with the development of a performance management process for the MPO.

Key features of each process are highlighted as follows:

 Congestion Management Process

  • Develop goals, objectives, and measures to monitor and evaluate system performance as it relates to the extent and causes of congestion.
  • Identify congested corridors, along with strategies to manage congestion.
  • Define an implementation schedule and potential funding for each proposed strategy.

Performance Management

  • Establish measures and targets consistent with national goals and NCDOT targets.
  • Conduct system performance evaluation based on a combination of quantitative and qualitative metrics to determine if targets are being met.
  • Monitor and report system performance over time.
  • Collaborate with FHWA, NCDOT, and other regional MPOs

Possible Changes to Rules Governing MPOs

The USDOT recently published proposed changes to the rules that govern the MPO planning process. If implemented, the news rules would have a significant effect on the CRTPO’s operations, as well as on how it interacts with neighboring MPOs.

The modified rules would clarify the definition of a Metropolitan Planning Area to state that the MPA must include the entire urbanized area (UZA), plus the contiguous area forecast to be urbanized within a 20-year planning horizon.  Further, only one MPO would be permitted to exist in a MPA, unless the governor and the affected MPOs determine that due to their size and complexity, the existing MPOs should continue to exist independently.  However, those MPOs would be required to prepare joint Metropolitan Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs, and to jointly establish performance targets.

The Charlotte UZA extends into the MPAs of the Cabarrus-Rowan, Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln and Rock Hill-Ft. Mill MPOs, thus, the CRTPO would be required to develop the joint planning documents with those MPOs.

The CRTPO submitted comments to the USDOT expressing its concern with elements of the rules. The USDOT is expected to make a final decision on the proposed rules before the end of 2016.

Statesville, NC

Transportation Alternatives Program - Call For Projects

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under MAP-21 as a combination of Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancement, and Recreational Trails program funds. TAP funding was re-authorized under the FAST act. A call for projects will begin in October of 2016 to seek applications for $2.4 million in TAP funding. TAP funds can be used for a variety of bicycle and pedestrian projects.

NC 115 and Mayes Road in Cornelius, NC

Old Statesville Road (NC 115) Corridor Study

The Town of Cornelius was awarded CRTPO planning funds to study two-mile section of the Old Statesville Road corridor from NC 73 in Huntersville to Washam-Potts Road in Cornelius.  The Town has retained a consultant, and plans to coordinate with Huntersville, Norfolk Southern Railroad, and NCDOT on the current operational issues and future vision for this corridor.

Specifically, the Old Statesville Road corridor experiences routine peak-hour congestion due to growth in the northern portion of Mecklenburg County and because this corridor acts as an alternate route to both the I-77 and US 21 corridors.

The Old Statesville Road corridor is located immediately to the west of the active Norfolk Southern “O” Line, and the proximity of the rail to the NC 115 corridor creates safety and operational issues at intersections with Mayes Road and Bailey Road.

Some of the potential outcomes from this study will include both short and long-term solutions at intersections and the feasibility of constructing parallel routes to relieve congestion along the Old Statesville Road corridor.


CTP: Public Outreach


CMP & Performance Management

Changes to MPO Rules

TAP Call for Projects

NC 115 Corridor Study
East John Street and Old Monroe Road Widening 

October 11, 2016
Open House 4:00 to 6:30 pm
Formal Hearing 7:00 pm

Stallings United Methodist Church
1115 Stallings Road, Matthews, NC

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MPO Meetings

October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016


TCC Meetings

October 6, 2016
November 3, 2016

Documents of Interest

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)



CRTPO Updates Bike/Ped Webpage


MPO Chairman

James Taylor
Town of Matthews


MPO Vice-Chairman

Mayor Pro-Tem
Michael Johnson
City of Statesville


TCC Chairman

Danny Pleasant
City of Charlotte


TCC Vice-Chairman

Bill Coxe
Town of Huntersville

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