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Congestion Management Process

MPOs with a population exceeding 200,000 in population are required to carry out congestion management processes, or CMPs. CMPs are described in Federal law, and are intended to examine the sources of congestion, evaluate alternative strategies for alleviating congestion, and monitor the performance of these strategies. MPOs are required to assess strategies that are not traditional single-occupant vehicle (SOV) expansion projects (such as roadway widenings and new construction of general purpose travel lanes) before programming roadway capacity expansion construction projects.


CRTPO adopted goals, objectives and performance measures for the CMP in February 2013

Goals Objectives

Planning Process

Next Steps

  • Apply the CMP Process to TIP and MTP projects – Review the roadway capacity projects included in TIP and 2040 MTP (for years up to 2030), and apply the CMP process identified in this study.
  • Conduct the first update of the CMP in two to three years - Assess how the process worked and if there were any unforeseen problems.
  • Perform subsequent updates every four to five years - Verify that the CMP continues to be applicable to CRTPO’s vision, goals and objectives.
  • Hold periodic meetings of the CMP Task Force - Schedule regular meetings throughout the year, such as quarterly or semi-annually to identify and address changing conditions or requirements.


Task Force Members:

Union County Dennis Rorie (Chair)
Charlotte DOT Norm Steinman
Iredell County Andrew Ventresca
Mecklenburg County Stephen Trott
NCDOT - Division 10 Scott Cole and Stuart Basham
NCDOT - Division 12 Anil Panicker
Federal Highway Administration Loretta Barren and Joe Geigle
Systems & Safety Debbie Smith
Bicycle & Pedestrian Curtis Bridges
Travel Demand Model Anna Gallup and Mohamed Kaddoumi
Charlotte Area Transit David McDonald
Engineering & Property Management Jim Keenan
Intelligent Transportation Systems Tony Tagliaferri
Mecklenburg County Air Quality Megan Green
Transportation Demand Management Travis Johnson
Staff Resource Bob Cook


For additional background on CMPs, visit the Federal Highway Administration’s website by clicking here