Passed in 2013, the Strategic Transportation Investments law (STI) establishes a framework and process for NCDOT to efficiently 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, which are then combined with local input to determine which projects will be funded each cycle. 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 other tabs on this web page provide further information on various stages of development of the FY2023-2032 STIP and TIP.
Prioritization 6.0 is the primary vehicle for identifying projects for the Fiscal Years 2023-2032 TIP. Prioritization evaluates the relative needs for all modes within DCHC: Highway, Public Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian, and Rail. The process covers newly submitted projects, as well as projects that had been submitted under Prioritization 5.0, but which were unfunded or funded in FY 2026 or later.
This spring, the DCHC MPO will submit new Highway, Public Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian, and Rail projects for evaluation. Lists of proposed projects by mode are in the attachments below. Members of the public are encouraged to make comments and ask questions on the lists of projects. A public hearing on these project lists will be held by the DCHC MPO Board on March 11, 2020, at 9:00 am in the second floor committee room of Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham, NC 27701. Comments and questions can also be directed to Aaron Cain of the DCHC MPO staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-560-4366. Comments will be taken until March 29, 2020.
In addition to the projects that DCHC MPO will submit, North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Highway Divisions 5, 7, and 8 will also submit projects. Information and input on NCDOT’s projects can be found and provided here. NCDOT is taking comment until February 28, 2020.