Public Input Begins on CRTPO’s Regional Impact Projects for NCDOT’s “Prioritization 4.0”
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) requests public input on the next stage of developing future regional transportation projects for Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties. It is the CRTPO’s responsibility to coordinate transportation policy for local governmental jurisdictions within the Charlotte Urbanized Area. The CRTPO, in cooperation with the state, develops transportation plans and programs for the urbanized area that will:
• Assist governing bodies and official agencies in determining courses of action and in formulating attainable capital improvement programs in anticipation of community needs, and
• Guide private individuals and groups in planning their decisions which can be important factors in the pattern of future development and redevelopment of the area.
Mecklenburg County, Union County, the City of Charlotte, The Town of Davidson, and the other towns in Mecklenburg and Union Counties have voting representatives that are members of the CRTPO.
Public Input Process:
This public input process is administered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and is called “Prioritization 4.0.” Highway, rail, and transit projects can be found on the draft lists proposed for local input on the CRTPO website (www.crtpo.org) under the link labeled “Prioritization 4.0,” or you can click this link that goes directly to a page that lists all documents: http://www.crtpo.org/resources/ncdot-prioritization
The draft of regional impact highway projects consist of U.S. and North Carolina routes (i.e. US 21, US 74, NC 73 and NC 160), regional transit, and rail projects.
“We encourage citizens to participate in this process,” said Mayor John Woods. “Davidson works hard to improve connectivity throughout our town, and these projects will affect our regional transportation as the population in the Charlotte-metro area grows over the next few decades.”
This public input period will close on Wednesday, June 1. Comments should be directed to Neil Burke using the following methods:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center 600 E. Fourth St., 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
Citizens can also comment on the proposed project lists in person during a public meeting held in Room 270/271 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 and/or during the CRTPO board meeting on Wednesday, May 18. The CRTPO board meeting will be held in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, located at 600 E. Fourth Street, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Those who wish to speak must sign up at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
With input from citizens, the CRTPO will develop the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its local counterpart, the locally-adopted Metropolitan TIP. Future opportunities for public involvement in Prioritization 4.0 are when CRTPO provides input on the final priority of projects, which occurs when the MPO votes on the “Regional Impact project list” during the June 15, 2016 meeting and the Division Needs project list during the Oct. 19, 2016 meeting. Beginning in September 2016, CRTPO will open a separate public involvement period for the Division Needs projects, which include road projects on the secondary road system as well as bicycle and pedestrian, rail, transit, and aviation projects.
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.