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The MPO encourages citizens to review and comment on the highway, transit and other transportation projects being considered for the long range plans.  See the Web page for details.

Public Comments
The link below provides a compilation of public comments that the MPO had received as of October 3, 2012 from citizens and boards and commissions:

     Compilation of Public Comments from Citizens (1 MB)
     Compilation of Public Comments from Boards and Commissions (155 KB)

What is the 2040 MTP?
The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is the guide for major transportation investments in the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC-MPO) area. The 2040 MTP recommends major transportation projects, policies and strategies designed to maintain existing transportation systems and serve the region's future travel needs. The 2040 MTP is also designed to support land use and air quality goals for the urban area, and must be prepared in accordance with Federal transportation and environmental requirements. Projects must be in the 2040 MTP to receive state and federal transportation funding in the North Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

What is the CTP?
North Carolina General Statutes requires the MPO, with the cooperation of the NCDOT, to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) serving present and anticipated travel demand in and around the MPO. The principal difference between the MTP and CTP is that the MTP must be fiscally-constrained, i.e., the anticipated revenues must cover the anticipated costs, but the CTP has no fiscal element.

The development process for the 2040 MTP and CTP is very similar – each includes the use of a travel demand model and extensive public involvement. As a result, the DCHC MPO will complete the development process for both documents at the same time.

What is an Alternative?
An Alternative is a combination of a transportation network, which includes a set of highway, transit and other transportation improvements, and a land use scenario that depicts the distribution of population and employment for the year 2040. These Alternatives are run in the Triangle Regional Model (TRM) to produce a set of transportation performance measures that describe how well the Alternative meets future travel demand.
It should be noted that it is very unlikely that one of the Alternatives in its entirety would be advanced as the Preferred Option. The final MTP and CTP will be a combination of projects and policies from the various Alternatives.

How can Citizens Participate?
There are many opportunities for citizens to review and comment on the Alternatives.

Workshops – The public can meet with staff to ask questions and submit comments at three workshops.
     Hillsborough -- 9/13, “The Town Barn,” 4-7 PM
     Durham -- 9/18, Durham Station Transportation Center, 4-7PM
     Chapel Hill -- 9/20, Chapel Hill Town Hall, 4-7PM

Public Hearing -- The MPO policy board, the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), will conduct a public hearing on September 12, 2012, 9AM, in the Committee Room on the 2nd Floor of Durham City Hall. The public can sign up to speak directly to the TAC on the Alternatives.
Local Boards – Many local boards and elected official bodies will review the Alternatives. A schedule of these meetings is included in the Introduction document of the Alternatives Analysis report (see document link below).

Where to Send Comments – Comments can be sent to the following email and postal addresses:
     Andrew Henry
     City of Durham/Transportation Dept.
     101 City Hall Plaza
     Durham, NC 27701

Comment Period – The public comment period for the Alternatives will run from August 17, 2012 through October 10, 2012.

What is the Alternatives Analysis Report?
This report provides background and project details to understand the Alternatives, and maps and tables of transportation statistics to evaluate how well a specific Alternatives meets the future travel demand. In addition to this report, the MPO will develop some project specific analysis, such as a brief analysis on Southwest Durham Drive, and will post those additions in this section over the next two months.

Please note that the report section below have been properly updated to reflect corrections for the Transit Intensive scenarios and the Travel Time data.

     Report Cover (61 KB)
     Table of Contents (262 KB)
     1-Introduction and Background (347 KB)
     2-Performance Measures (1 MB)
     3-Travel Time (1 MB)
     4-Isochrone Maps (10 MB)
     5-Congestion Maps (10 MB)
     6-Socioeconomic Data -- Community Plan (7 MB)
     6-Socioeconomic Data -- All-in-Transit (7 MB)
     7-Highway Projects (2 MB)
     7-Transit Services (2 MB)

What is the Next Step in the 2040 MTP and CTP Process?
In the next major step in the 2040 MTP development process, the public, elected officials and technical staff will use the evaluation and comparison of the Alternatives to create a single Alternative that best meets the MPO’s Goals and Objectives and the fiscal constraint requirements. The fiscal constraint requirements demand that the project costs do not exceed the expected funding revenues. This final Alternative is called the Preferred Option, and it will also go through a public review process similar to that of the Alternatives. The draft CTP will be released and reviewed with the Preferred Option.

Who Can I Contact?
For more information, citizens can contact Andy Henry, (919) 560-4366, extension 36419, or send an email to .
Last Updated ( Monday, 05 November 2012 )
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