CRTPO Newsletter  Volume 4 | Issue 4
October - December 2016
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Comprehensive Transportation Plan: Map Adoption Phase

After the conclusion of the public outreach period (May 16 to August 31), the CTP Work Group developed responses to comments received on the draft highway, bicycle, transit, and rail CTP maps. The responses can be viewed here. The comments did not reveal any major obstacles that would prevent the adoption phase from moving forward. The MPO and TCC are scheduled to take action to adopt the maps during the January 2017 meetings.

Following the adoption of the CTP maps, the work group will develop recommendations for cross-sections and local ordinance revisions, as well as processes and policies for amending the maps.

The draft CTP maps can be viewed here.

NCDOT Prioritization 4.0 and Draft STIP Release Update

CRTPO approved the list of Division Needs projects proposed for local input point assignment under Prioritization 4.0 at the October 19th meeting. The final Division Needs quantitative scores can be viewed here.

NCDOT released the listing of programmed Division Needs projects on December 13, 2016. The list of funded Division Needs projects can be viewed within the following links:

Division 10 (Mecklenburg and Union County portion of CRTPO)
Division 12 (Iredell County portion of CRTPO)

NCDOT is scheduled to release the draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which will include projects within all three STI tiers that have been funded as a result of Prioritization 4.0, in January of 2017. 

CRTPO is required to approve a Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) that is incorporated without change into the STIP. The release of the DRAFT STIP will initiate a variety of activities that CRTPO must undertake before the MTIP is adopted in the summer of 2017, including: internal reviews and assessments; public involvement efforts; financial analysis; and demonstration of air quality conformity.

The new logo developed for CRTPO's 2045 MTP

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update

The CRTPO is currently in the process of developing its next Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), a long range plan that considers transportation priorities over the next 20 years. Our region is growing rapidly and the MTP provides an opportunity to define policies, goals, and objectives that will contribute to the region’s prosperity and help shape the vision of tomorrow.

The MTP encompasses a wide range of elements that contribute to the enhancement of the transportation network and its relationship to future growth in the region. This substantial undertaking is directly related to other ongoing planning efforts of the CRTPO, and is particularly important in that it directs financial investments for priority projects.

Several initiatives are underway to allow for public and stakeholder input as the MTP is developed, including:

  • The 2045 MTP Website ( is under construction and will go live by January 2017.
  • Candidate Roadway Projects will be submitted for evaluation beginning in February 2017.
  • A series of public outreach events will be held in January and February of 2017.
  • Stay tuned for specific public outreach events and opportunities to provide feedback beginning on January 16, 2017.  In addition, look for ongoing updates about the MTP development process or contact CRTPO staff for more information.

FY-2018 Unified Planning Work Program Update

The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is an annually prepared document, required for all MPOs, which contains the funding sources and deliverable products that comprise the day-to-day operations and output of the CRTPO. The UPWP describes the planning activities that are anticipated for the coming fiscal year and documents the allocation of state and federal funds associated with each planning activity. A subset of the TCC known as the UPWP Review Committee participates in discussions about how the MPO should be directing its focus for the upcoming year; helps new, non-traditional partners and stakeholders in the MPO planning process gain a better understanding of, and have a voice in, what the CRTPO does; and provides internal staff with an outside perspective of their work. It is anticipated that CRTPO’s FY 2018 UPWP will be adopted during the March 2017 MPO meeting.
More information, and committee membership, can be found at CRTPO Unified Planning Work Program.

Participants complete an exercise to test revised scoring criteria at the recent MPO-TCC workshop

Project Oversight Committee Update and Joint MPO-TCC Workshop

The Project Oversight Committee (POC) was formed in the Fall of 2015 to develop project prioritization recommendations for CRTPO’s locally administered projects and monitor the implementation of the existing projects within the region. The POC is comprised of a subset of TCC members from the three counties and from varied professional backgrounds. This committee develops recommendations for consideration by the TCC and MPO. Most recently, the POC was tasked with developing recommendations to improve CRTPO’s STP-DA project prioritization criteria. Specifically, this committee had spent several months developing and testing new quantitative criteria to measure system benefit for potential highway and transit projects. This revision was desired to make the project selection process more data driven, and increase the variance between project scores.
A facilitated joint MPO-TCC Workshop was held on Wednesday, December 7th with the purpose of reviewing the criteria revisions and completing an exercise to test the revised criteria. Valuable coordination occurred between the MPO delegates and TCC members through this event. Throughout the next year, the POC will develop a framework to combine CRTPO’s discretionary funds (Bonus Allocation, CMAQ, STP-DA, and TAP) into one annual call for projects.

North Fork Four-Mile Creek Greenway Trailhead in Matthews

Transportation Alternatives Program Applications Under Review

CRTPO received 13 project applications requesting a total funding amount of $11.7 million, during the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) call for bicycle and pedestrian projects held this Fall. There is $2.4 million in TAP funding available in the next two years. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Work Group will review the submitted projects, consider unfunded TAP requests from the previous call, and develop a recommended project list for approval in the first quarter of 2017.

New CRTPO Staff Member - Erin Kinne

Erin Kinne was recently hired as CRTPO's Administrative Officer II. She will provide support for CRTPO's various boards, committees and subcommittees; assist with the development and maintenance of CRTPO’s UPWP; and aid in the administration of CRTPO’s locally-administered projects. Ms. Kinne previously worked for New York State as a Community Developer, administering downtown revitalization grant funds for mixed-use building renovation projects and streetscape enhancements, under the NY Main Street, Urban Initiatives, and Rural Area Revitalization programs. She resides in Charlotte with her husband, Ed, their four-year-old son, Kevin, a dog, and a cat-- all of whom love life in their newly-adopted home state of North Carolina.


CTP: Map Adoption Phase


2045 MTP Initiatives

FY18 UPWP Update

POC Update & MPO-TCC Workshop

TAP Applications Under Review

New Staff Member

I-485 Express Lanes (I-5507) Public Meetings

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pleasant Plains Baptist Church
3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Local Officials’ Informational Meeting
  • 4:00-6:30 p.m.: Pre-hearing Open House
  • 7:00 p.m.: Formal Presentation

Thursday, January 19, 2017
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Local Officials’ Informational Meeting
  • 4:00-6:30 p.m.: Pre-hearing Open House
  • 7:00 p.m.: Formal Presentation
More information can be found on the project web page, here.

U.S.-74 / Independence Blvd Express Lanes
(Between I-277 & Wallace Lane) 
Public Meeting

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte
  • 2:00-3:30 p.m.: Local Officials’ Informational Meeting
  • 4:00-7:00 p.m.: Open House Public Meeting
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Documents of Interest

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)

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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)



FHWA's Every Day Counts Initiative


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

Elections will be held for leadership positions during the January meetings.

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