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Transportation Planning Approach

The Town of Huntersville's approach to transportation emphasizes a multi-modal and traffic dispersion philosophy, emphasizing the connectivity of streets so that travelers may have multiple routes to destinations. This disperses traffic over a network of smaller sized streets rather than forcing all traffic onto a few major roadways as vehicles and move throughout the community. In addition, connectivity of streets offers routes to pedestrians and bicycles, encouraging these travel modes. This network of streets is also essential to the ability to provide transit service throughout the community.  Most importantly, it should be recognized that the integration of land use and transportation is essential to any successful attempt to accommodate travel needs in a community. Linking people more closely with their destinations and acknowledging that 80 % of the daily travel demand is not due to the work trip begins to address this issue.

Town of Huntersville staff work in conjunction with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) to create strategic transportation decisions for the town and the region. The key transportation projects/vision for the town are identified in the Town's Community Plan and Small Area Plans (SAP)/Other studies. The projects then make their way onto the regions Comprehensive Transportation  Plan (CTP), then onto the fiscally constrained Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and finally onto the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) which includes funding commitments and construction timelines. Town of Huntersville also maintains its own Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that outlines key projects (transportation and others) that are tied to town's annual budget.

TIP Map

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)

A Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) is North Carolina’s multi-modal transportation plan. The CTP includes community consensus on future transportation needs required to support anticipated growth and development. It is a multi-modal plan that identifies the future transportation system needs and includes highways, public transportation, rail, and bicycle facilities needed to serve the anticipated travel demand. The CTP is more environmentally and community friendly, it strengthens the connections between an area’s transportation plan, adopted local land development plan, and community vision and a CTP is a mutually adopted legal document between the state and the Metropolitan Planning organization. When a CTP is adopted by the NCDOT it represents the state’s concurrence with the locally identified transportation needs. Ultimately, the CTP will replace CRTPO’s existing Thoroughfare Plan. 

Click on the links below to preview the Town of Huntersville DRAFT CTP Maps, full CTP maps for the CRTPO region can be accessed here

Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

 

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The CRTPO is responsible for maintaining an MTP for its entire planning area, which outlines its goals and objectives, as well as addresses transportation related issues and impacts over a 20-year minimum horizon. The MTP is a federally-mandated and complies with the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning regulations issued by the US Department of Transportation.

The MTP is updated every four years, allowing CRTPO the opportunity to incorporate the most recent data, identify any changes in factors affecting travel demand, and modify policies, programs or projects based on the most recent information and conditions. This is an ongoing process, but the MTP update provides a platform for sharing updated information, and ensures compliance with federal regulations in order to continue receiving federal funds to address the needs of the region. Click here to view the current MTP

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the transportation projects and strategies that CRTPO and NCDOT plan to undertake over the next ten years. All projects receiving federal funding must be in the TIP. The TIP is the region’s way of allocating its limited transportation resources among the various capital and operating needs of the area, based on a clear set of short-term transportation priorities. The TIP:

  • Is updated at least every two years;

  • Is realistic in terms of available funding and is not just a "wish list" of projects. This concept is known as fiscal constraint;  

  • Conforms with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality (CRTPO is classified as nonattainment for ozone); 

  • Is approved by the MPO and the governor; and  

  • Is incorporated directly, without change, into North Carolina’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The process by which the NCDOT STIP is developed is known as Strategic Prioritization. Click here to view 2018-2025 TIP

 

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

A Capital Improvement Plan (Program), or CIP, is a short-range plan, usually four to ten years, which identifies capital projects (including transportation) and equipment purchases, provides a planning schedule and identifies options for financing the plan. The town's CIP is tied to the town's Community Vision and it's annual budget. Click Here to view current town projects.

The CRTPO is responsible for maintaining an MTP for its entire planning area, which outlines its goals and objectives, as well as addresses transportation related issues and impacts over a 20-year minimum horizon. The MTP is a federally-mandated and complies with the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning regulations issued by the US Department of Transportation.

The MTP is updated every four years, allowing CRTPO the opportunity to incorporate the most recent data, identify any changes in factors affecting travel demand, and modify policies, programs or projects based on the most recent information and conditions. This is an ongoing process, but the MTP update provides a platform for sharing updated information, and ensures compliance with federal regulations in order to continue receiving federal funds to address the needs of the region. Click here to view the current MTP