Passed in 2013, the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI) establishes a framework and process for NCDOT to efficiently and effectively enhance the state’s infrastructure, while supporting economic growth, job creation and a higher quality of life. This process encourages thinking from a statewide and regional perspective while also providing flexibility to address local needs. STI also establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula to allocate available revenues based on data-driven scoring and local input.
The Strategic Mobility Formula is a transparent, systematic, and data-driven process for prioritizing the major transportation in the state and making investment decisions. Projects are evaluated based on an analysis of existing and future conditions, the benefits the project is expected to provide, and how the project fits in with local priorities. Each of the six modes of transportation (highway, ferry, rail, public transportation, bicycle & pedestrian, and aviation) use a data-driven approach for ranking projects. The outcome of the Strategic Prioritization of Transportation (SPOT) process serves as input to the Draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).The STIP is then combined with locally-designated projects and input from the DCHC MPO Board to create the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the MPO.
The Draft FY2018-27 Draft TIP is now available for public review and comment. Please click on the Draft TIP tab for more information.
Prioritization 4.0 is the primary vehicle for identifying projects for the Fiscal Years 2018-2027 TIP. Prioritization is a multi-modal process, in which Highway, Public Transportation, Bicycle and Pedestrian, Rail, and Aviation project needs are evaluated. The process covers newly submitted project needs as well as projects that had been submitted under Prioritization 3.0, but which were unfunded or funded in FY 2021 or later. There are no aviation projects in the DCHC MPO area.
In the fall 2015, the DCHC MPO submitted 14 priority projects for each mode to NCDOT SPOT for evaluation. In addition to the projects that the DCHC MPO submitted, NCDOT Divisions 5, 7, and 8 submitted projects in the DCHC MPO area. Below are project lists for each mode. Also below are the draft project summary reports that the NCDOT SPOT On!ine Tool generated in the fall 2015.
Priority Project Lists:
||Bicycle and Pedestrian
Project Specific Draft Summary Reports (Generated from SPOT On!ine Tool in November 2015) are below. Draft Summary Reports for Rail projects were not available through the SPOT On!ine Tool.
|Highway||Bicycle and Pedestrian||Public Transportation|
|Fayetteville Road||Third Fork Creek Trail||GoTriangle Rougemont Park & Ride|
|NC 147 - Durham Freeway||Pope Road/Ephesus Church Road||GoTriangle Holloway Street Transit Corridor Improvements|
|NC 751 - Hope Valley Road||Barnes St||GoTriangle Future Rougemont Route|
|NC 86||Bryant Bridge North/Goose Creek West Trail||GoTriangle Bus Stop/Shelter Improvements|
|New Route - Northern Durham Parkway||US 15/501 (Fordham Blvd)||Chapel Hill Transit North South Corridor Project|
|Elliot Road||Jones Ferry Road||Mobile Lift Purchases for Maintenance Shop|
|I-85 & East Club Blvd||SR 1780 (Estes Drive)||Village Neighborhood Transit Center|
|NC 751 & O'Kelly Chapel Road||Pittard Sears||GoTriangle Facility improvements/expansion 5120 Nelson Rd Morrisville Rd|
|NC 86 & I-85||O'Kelly Chapel Rd Side Path||Chapel Hill Transit FY2017 Route F, RouteCW Route J Vehicle Expansion|
|NC 147 ramp to I-40||Pearsontown Trail|
|NC 751||NC 54||GoTriangle Expansion Vehicles CRX Route|
|Eno Mountain Road||Campus to Campus||Chapel Hill FY19 UNC Hosp Manning Drive Bus Shelter|
|US 70 Connector||Duke Belt Line Trail||Fayetteville St Transit Corridor Improvements|
|Homestead Road||NC 157 Guess Road||GoTriangle Hillsborough Park & Ride ODX 420|
|American Tobacco Trail Crossing|
The Methodology for Identifying and Ranking New TIP Project Requests is the process the DCHC MPO will use to identify, prioritize, and allocate Local Input Points to projects for consideration for funding for the fiscal years 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Project Ranking Methodology adopted by the DCHC MPO Board on March 9, 2016 is listed below:
The Strategic Transportation Investments legislation organized transportation funding into three categories: Statewide Mobility, Regional Impact, and Division Needs. Statewide Mobility includes highway projects mostly on Interstates and the National Highway System (e.g. I-40, US 15/501, NC 147), commercial service airports (e.g. RDU), and major freight rail corridors (e.g. the NC Railroad).
Regional Impact includes Statewide Mobility projects and adds highway projects on other NC and US routes (e.g. NC 54, US 501), public bus and rail transit that crosses county lines (e.g. Durham-Orange light rail, Triangle Transit bus). Division Needs includes Statewide Mobility, Regional Impact, and adds other state roads (e.g. Fayetteville Road), federally funded municipal roads (e.g. portions of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway), other public transit (e.g. DATA, CHT), and bicycle and pedestrian projects
Forty percent of the funding is allocated to the Statewide Mobility category for competition statewide based fully on a quantitative analysis. Thirty percent of the funding is allocated to the Regional Impact category. Regional Impact projects compete based on a quantitative analysis and local input from MPOs, Rural Planning Organizations, and NCDOT Highway Division Engineers. Thirty percent of the funding is allocated to the Division Needs category. Division Needs projects compete based on a quantitative analysis and local input from MPOs, Rural Planning Organizations, and NCDOT Highway Division Engineers.
On April 14, 2016, NCDOT SPOT released the raw scores for all projects evaluated in P4.0. The raw scores for all three funding categories and all transportation modes are included as an attachment for this agenda item. Local Input Point Assignment for the Regional Impact category projects must be assigned and submitted to NCDOT by July 29, 2016. Local Input Point Assignment for the Division Needs category projects must be assigned and submitted to NCDOT by October 2016.
In order to develop the MPO’s Local Input Point assignment for Regional Impact Category projects and Division Needs Category projects, DCHC MPO staff, the Technical Committee (TC), and the Technical Subcommittee will apply the Local Ranking Methodology that was approved by the DCHC MPO Board on April 13, 2016. The full Methodology is available using another tab on this website. The Methodology considers the following:
1) Is the project in the adopted MTP?
2) Is the project in an adopted regional or local plan?
3) Has a feasibility study been started or completed on the project?
4) Has any preliminary engineering been started or completed on the project?
5) Is the cost justified by the project limits?
6) Does the total cost to NCDOT exceed the amount of funding available for the respective funding tier?
The Methodology states for the MPO’s 1,800 Regional Impact Category Local Input Points, the DCHC MPO will assign points among modes and project types according to the distribution below. The distribution below has been structured to reflect the funding goals of the MPO’s adopted MTP and the number of eligible Regional Impact Category projects in each mode.
For the MPO’s 1,800 Division Local Input Points, the DCHC MPO will assign points among modes and project types according to the distribution below. The distribution below has been structured to reflect the funding goals of the MPO’s adopted MTP and the number of eligible Division category projects in each mode.
Local Input Points will be assigned in priority order based on the six factors listed below with the first factor being the highest priority and the last factor being a lower priority.
A Draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) was released by NCDOT in December 2016. DCHC MPO held a public comment period and public hearing on the Draft STIP in March 2017 in order to receive input on potential changes and local projects to be included in the final version of the STIP. Comment was also provided directly to NCDOT officials by MPO staff and Board members.
In June 2017 DCHC assigned locally available funding to projects of significance within the metropolitan area. Furthermore, locally available Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding was assigned through a process with NCDOT. These two sets of transportation projects, along with the final version of the STIP that was released that month and adopted by the State Board of Transportation in August 2017, and other project adjustments made by the DCHC MPO Board, form the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP, sometimes referred to as the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, or MTIP).
The Draft DCHC MPO TIP is now available for public review and comment. The components of the Draft TIP are linked below.
Based on comments received from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the list of projects and schedule and funding for some projects has been amended. An updated list of projects by division is shown below, as well as an updated version of the TIP in STIP format.
The public comment period runs through November 7, 2017. On November 8, 2017, the DCHC MPO Board will hold a public hearing on the Draft TIP. All members of the public are welcome to attend and make comment. The public hearing will be held in the second floor committee room of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701. Comments can also be sent by Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to:
c/o Durham Transportation Department
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4366 ext. 36443
On December 13, 2017, the DCHC MPO Board released for public comment Amendment #1 to the FY2018-27 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Amendment #1 includes the addition of several new projects, and adjustments to existing projects, that were not previously included in the North Carolina State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) when it was adopted in August 2017. Once the STIP and TIP are deemed in compliance by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which should take place in January 2018, the DCHC MPO Board will be able to adopt Amendment #1.
A link to a summary and details for Amendment #1 are below. DCHC MPO staff will take public comment through January 8, 2018. Comment can be made to Aaron Cain via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone at (919) 560-4366 x36443, and via mail or in person at the following address:
City of Durham Department of Transportation
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701