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Alternatives Analysis

The MPO developed several alternatives for the 2040 MTP and obtained citizen input on those alternatives.  The Web page below provides the process, documents and maps that were used to get that input.

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).


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.


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.

Citizen Participation

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 theIntroduction document of the Alternatives Analysis report.
  • Sending Comments: Comments can be sent to the following:
    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.

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.

Contact Us

For more information, citizens can contact

Andy Henry
(919) 560-4366 x36419

Alternatives Analysis

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.
filebank document Report Cover
filebank document Table of Contents
filebank document 1-Introduction and Background
filebank document 2-Performance Measures
filebank document 3-Travel Time
filebank document 4-Isochrone Maps
filebank document 5-Congestion Maps
filebank document 6-Socioeconomic Data -- All-in-Transit
filebank document 6-Socioeconomic Data -- Community Plan
filebank document 7-Highway Projects
filebank document 7-Transit Services

Public Comments

The links below provide a compilation of public comments that the MPO had received as of October 3, 2012 from citizens and boards and commissions.
filebank document Compilation of Public Comments from Citizens
filebank document Compilation of Public Comments from Boards and Commissions