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2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Amendment #3 Extend Light Rail to North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

Amendment #2 Chapel Hill Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Amendment #1 Adjustments to Highway Projects


The DCHC MPO adopted the 2040 Metropolitan  Transportation Plan (2040 MTP) and approved the related Air  Quality Analysis and Conformity Determination report (AQ  Conformity).  The 2040 MTP identifies the highway, transit  and other transportation facilities to be implemented in the  MPO over the next thirty years.  The AQ Conformity report  demonstrates that the air pollutant emissions from the  transportation sector represented in the 2040 MTP will not  exceed established limits.

These are joint reports for the DCHC MPO and the Capital  Area MPO, which provides transportation planning for the  Raleigh metropolitan area.  Together, the two MPOs provide  the bulk of long-range transportation planning for the Triangle  Region. 


The reports, maps and project tables can be found at the  following links.

2040 MTP Report -- Full Report  Joint 2040 MTP full report

2040 MTP Report -- By Chapters       

Ch 001
Executive Summary
Ch 002
What is the Plan
Ch 003
About Our Home
Ch 004
Our Vision and How We Will Achieve It
Ch 005
How We Developed Our Plan
Ch 006
Analyzing Our Choices
Ch 007
Our Metropolitan Transportation Plan
Ch 008
Our Financial Plan
Ch 009
Critical Factors in the Planning Process
Ch 010
Post-2040 Comprehensive Transportation Plan Projects

Maps  (Appendix 10) (See Online Maps below for an alternative format)

Highway Projects Map

Transit Projects Map

On-Road Bicycle Facilities Map

Off-Road Bicycle Facilities Map

Project Lists

Table of Highway Projects (Appendix 1)

Table of Transit Projects (Appendices 2 & 3)

Table of Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects (Appendix 4)


Roadway Projects (Appendix 1)

Bus, Rail and Other Transit Services (Appendices 2 and 3)

Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects (Appendix 4)

Cross Sections and Safety Measures (Appendix 5)

Appendix 6  -- See Air Quality Conformity Report Below

Public Comments (Appendix 7)

Transportation Acronyms (Appendix 8)

Greenhouse Gas (Appendix 9)

Detailed Transportation and Growth Maps (Appendix 10)

Year-of-Expenditure -- Financial Plan (Appendix 11)

Environmental Justice and Critical Environmental Maps (Appendix 12)

AQ Conformity Report

2040 MTP and FY12-18 TIP Air Quality Conformity Report

Link to Conformity Report Appendices

Contact Us

Comments should be forwarded to:

Andy Henry
City of Durham, Transportation Dept.
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC  27701
(919) 560-4366 x36419

Las partes criticas de los planes pueden ser traducida en español sobre petición.

Online Maps

The DCHC MPO and Capital Area MPO are providing online maps related to the 2040 MTP.  The user can manipulate these maps in the same manner as other online map applications such as Google and Bing: zoom-in/zoom-out; add other base maps; view and download the data; and change the symbology and coloring.  These maps will be draft versions until the plans are adopted but meanwhile the MPOs welcome your comments and suggestions.  The maps below are in a variety of formats for testing purposes. Use the following links to access the maps:

Highway Volume and Capacity Maps

The congestion maps estimate the level of congestion in the year 2040 if all the projects in the 2040 MTP are operational. The maps on the links below depict the level of congestion by dividing the traffic volume by the road capacity. So, if the road has 8,000 vehicle trips per hour and the road capacity is 10,000 vehicles; the V/C (volume to capacity value) will be 0.80. Note that the MPO's travel demand model uses a Level of Service (LOS) of "E," or the V/C = 1.0. Most motorists would experience LOS E as congested and the overall travel delay would be significant especially in urban areas and those areas with many intersections and driveways. Thus, most users of these maps will want to consider a roadway as congested and needing improvements as the V/C approaches 0.85, which is an approximation for the threshold for LOS D. These maps are poster-sized, 34" by 44," which makes zooming into specific areas easy for the user in display mode.

Congestion Maps (traffic volume/traffic capacity) based on daily traffic

Congestion Maps (traffic volume/traffic capacity) based on afternoon peak period

Traffic Volume Maps based on daily traffic


Critical Environmental Resource Maps

The 2040 MTP report provides maps that show the location of roadway projects and environmental resources. However, the scale of those summary maps are not made for detailed review. A poster-sized copy of those maps is provided below that permit the user to zoom in on the roadway projects and environmental features. Please see the NC One Map Web site, the data source for these maps, for information on the legends and data.

Wetlands and Floodplains

Water Resources

Water Supply


Gamelands, Hunting Buffers and Smoke




Historic Sites

Parks and Recreation

Developed Areas

Environmental Justice Maps

The 2040 MTP report has an analysis and maps showing the geographic relationship between the proposed roadway projects and low-income and minority populations, starting on page 76. The following maps correspond to that report section.

Low-Income Map

Minority Map

African-American Map

Hispanic Map

Asian Map

Socio-Economic Data

The DCHC MPO released the 2040 socioeconomic forecast for public comment. See the Web page for oppotunities to make your comments and participate in June 13th public hearing. Based on public and staff comments, this release of the SE Data was updated and used for the Deficiency Analysis and Needs Assessment. You can find the updated SE Data on the MPO's Deficiency Analsyis Web page. The remainder of this SE Data Web page (below) discusses the public input process and presents the SE Data, which was subsequently updated.


The DCHC MPO forecasts Socioeconomic Data (SE Data; such as dwelling units, population and employment) to the year 2040 and uses the data as a key input into the Triangle Regional Model (TRM -- the regional travel demand model). The TRM is a principal tool for identifying the future transportation deficiencies in our area and proposing transportation projects and improvements to address those deficiencies. This model is used for long range plans, major transit and transportation studies and transportation project environmental analyses. The MPO requests public comment on the draft SE Data given the importance of the travel model and the key role that the SE Data plays in the modeling process.

SE Data Released for Public Comment

The MPO has released the draft 2040 SE Data for public comment. The comment period will be from March 28, 2012 to May 31, 2012. In addition, the MPO has released proposed Goals, Objectives and Targets that will go through the same public comment process as the SE Data. Please see the following Web page for more on that effort --

How to Participate

There are several opportunities to participate and provide feedback on the SE Data and the Goals, Objectives and Targets: -- Use the following link to complete a short survey on your transportation values (survey link coming by 5/31/12).

Comments by Email -- Use the following email link to directly send your comments to the MPO -- Andy Henry

Comment by Form -- Download and complete the following feedback form, then email or postal mail it to the MPO. Comment Form

Workshops-- The public can attend drop-in workshops to review SE Data and Goals, ask questions to staff and submit comments. The workshops include: * Carrboro Town Hall (Board Room), Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4-6pm; * Hillsborough Town Barn (101 E. Orange St., parking accessed from East Corbin St.), Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4- 7pm; * Pittsboro (Agricultural Bld. Auditorium -- 45 South St.), Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7:30pm; * Durham Station Transportation Center ( corner of W. Pettigrew St. and W. Chapel Hill St.), Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4-7pm.

Public Hearing -- Citizens can provide feedback to local elected officials (the MPO's board -- called the Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC); Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 9:00am in the Committee Room (2nd floor of Durham City Hall), 101 City Hall Plaza) Note that persons with disabilities will be accommodated -- provisions must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting).

Available Maps and Tables A set of maps depicting forecasted growth in dwelling units and employment in the western Triangle are available below. The first set of maps show the overall growth by TAZ (Traffic Analysis Zone) and the second set of maps show the growth density by TAZ. This forecast is based on the comprehensive land use plans of the various jurisdictions in the planning area and therefore carries the name Community Plan scenario.

Dwelling Unit Growth

Employment Growth

Dwelling Unit Growth Density

Employment Growth Density

Population and Employment Numbers The maps presented above show the different ranges of population and employment growth but not the exact growth number. You can find the population and employment estimates and forecasts for the years 2010 and 2040 by TAZ in the tables below. Use the reference map to find the TAZ number and then find that TAZ number in the table to get the 2010 and 2040 estimates. For example, if you want the 2040 population forecast for the area around Central Park in Durham, find that neighborhood in the Central Durham reference map (which TAZ #447) and look it up in the population table.

2010 and 2040 Tables

TAZ Reference Maps

Guide Totals  The DCHC MPO develops county-level guide totals for population and employment to use in forecasting.  These guide totals are allocated by geography in each county to produce the SE Data maps.  The following document provides details on the method for developing the guide totals. 

Method for Developing Population and Employment Guide Totals

Community Visualization  The DCHC MPO and the Raleigh-based MPO (CAMPO -- Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) are using a software and methodology called Community Viz (Community Visualization) to allocate forecasted population adn employment guide totals, which are forecasted at the county level, to smaller geographic areas that can be used in a travel demand model.  The results of that allocation are displayed in the maps above.  The following documents provide information on the Community Viz process.

Detailed presentation on Community Viz

Two-page graphic of the Community Viz method

Weights and factors that influence the attractiveness of parcels for development

Description of place types to which dwelling units and employment are allocated


Alternatives Analysis

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

Draft Plans

The MPO released a draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the projects for the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for public review. A copy of the draft is on this page. The MPO subsequently completed the air quality conformity review and adopted the final plan. See the Adopted MTP tab for the final plan.

The MPO policy board, the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), has approved the 2040 MTP and the projects to be included in the CTP. The next steps include:

* Release the 2040 MTP full report for public comment and conduct a public hearing (Febrary-March 2013)

* Release the air quality conformity determination for the 2040 MTP; this analysis document will have to demonstrate that the 2040 MTP will meet air quality standards (February- March 2013).

* Adopt the 2040 MTP (April 2013) and air quality determination.

* Develop and release the full CTP maps and report for public comment (2013 - 2014).

Public Comments  The documents below compile the public comments that have been received as of December 3, 2012 concerning the Preferred Option.  The MPO received a few of the comments before the release of the Preferred Option but has included those comments here because there were not included in the compilation for the Alternatives Analysis.

Comments from local boards and commissions

Citizen's Comments

Comments from Residents of the Cedars

Comments from Agencies


Draft Report  The MPO has released the draft 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) for public comment.  The draft 2040 MTP is referred to as the Preferred Option.  The following documents identify the projects included in the draft plans, discuss the Preferred Option financial plan and provide modeling results.

Report Cover and Table of Contents

1 -- Public Comments

2 -- Socioeconomic Data

3 -- Highway Projects

4 -- Transit Services

5 -- Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

CTP Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

6 -- Financial Plan

7 -- Model Output Data

How Can Citizens Participate  Citizens can participate in a public hearing or send comments to staff, who will forward those comments to the MPO's board (called the MPO Board).

Public Hearing -- The MPO Board conducted a public hearing on November 14, 2012, 7pm in the Committee Room on the second floor of Durham City Hall.  Citizens signed up at the meeting to speak directly to the MPO Board.  Staff worked to accommodate persons with disabilities [this can be done if staff is contacted 48 hours in advance of a meeting].

Where to send comments -- Andrew Henry

City of Durham / Transportation Department

101 City Hall Plaza

Durham NC 27701

Comment Period  -- The public comment period ran from October 11, 2012 to December 12, 2012.  The public was asked to provide comments by November 21st to receive full staff consideration before the December 12th MPO Board meeting.

What is the Next Step? -- The 2040 MTP  will be further reviewed for air quality conformity and put into a final report format, and then adopted at the April 10, 2013 meeting.  The CTP will undergo further analysis and input, which includes the designation of roadway types, throughout 2013 and 2014.

Who Can I Contact?  -- For more information, please contact Andy Henry, (919) 560-4366 at extension 36419, or send email to