posted on September 14, 2015 12:05
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) has begun the next stage of developing future transportation projects for Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties and is requesting public input. This process is called “Prioritization 4.0.” CRTPO is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Charlotte urbanized area.
Highway, Bicycle and Pedestrian, Transit, Rail, and Aviation projects are all represented on the draft list and maps posted on the CRTPO website, www.crtpo.org, at the link labeled “Prioritization 4.0.” The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will score the submitted projects later this year according to formulas established under the Strategic Transportation Investments law. After the projects are scored, CRTPO will seek additional input from the public in 2016 for the final prioritization of projects for funding.
This public input period will close on Tuesday, September 15. Comments should be directed to Neil Burke using the following methods:
Regular Mail: CRTPO
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth St., 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Members of the public can also comment on the proposed project lists in person during the CRTPO Board meeting on Wednesday, September 16. The meeting will be held in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center beginning at 6 p.m. Those who wish to speak must sign up at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
In August, CRTPO adopted its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 2016 through 2025. By law, the TIP is updated every two years. Thus, the projects under consideration in Prioritization 4.0 will be eligible for inclusion in the TIP for FY18-FY27.
The Strategic Transportation Investments law has created a quantitative, data-driven approach to develop the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its local counterpart, the TIP. As a result, the most important opportunities for public involvement in Prioritization 4.0 are when CRTPO selects projects for consideration, which will occur on September 16, and when CRTPO provides input on the final priority of projects, which will occur in 2016.
The final product of Prioritization 4.0, the Transportation Improvement Program for FY18-FY27, will be adopted by CRTPO in 2017.
More information is available on the CRTPO website at www.crtpo.org.