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NCDOT Prioritization


2020-2029 TIP Development Process (NCDOT Prioritization 5.0)

The CRTPO has begun the next stage of developing future transportation projects for Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties and is requesting resident input on potential transportation priorities. The CRTPO works closely with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop the 2020-2029 Transportation Improvement Program in a process known as Prioritization 5.0.

A public comment period was held from August 17 until August 31 on the projects of all transportation modes that were proposed for submission for NCDOT Prioritization 5.0. A summary of public comments received can be viewed here.  The public comments were presented as part of the CRTPO board approval of the project lists during the September 20 MPO meeting.

Transportation Plans Compilation Map
This online Transportation Plans Compilation Map offers a compilation of CRTPO’s current Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), NCDOT Prioritization Projects (SPOT), and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) mapping layers.

Prioritization is NCDOT’s decision making tool for developing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a listing of projects to be delivered within an upcoming ten-year work program. The current round is known as Prioritization 5.0 (or P5.0), and will develop the 2020-2029 TIP. CRTPO is involved in the nomination of projects for scoring by NCDOT, and the application of local input points based upon its methodology.  The NCDOT-Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation (SPOT) leads this process by providing oversight to MPOs, RPOs and Divisions throughout the state as well as scoring the projects.

Local Input Points from MPOs and NCDOT Divisions contribute to the final project scores for Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects under P5.0 – (see STI legislation for more details). Projects with higher final scores have a greater chance of being programmed into the TIP based upon the STI legislation.
CRTPO is eligible for allocating the following amount of local input points:

  • 2,500 for Regional Impact category projects
  • 2,500 for Division Needs category projects

Projects of all modes, including highway, bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and others are scored based on a combination of quantitative data and local input.  The quantitative evaluation consists of criteria such as congestion and safety, and analyzing project benefits compared to cost, as well as expected economic impacts.  Local input comes from the priorities of the local Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and NCDOT Division Offices.



Additional information can be found on 2020-2029 NCDOT STIP Development webpage



The  CRTPO’s recommended project lists can be viewed within the links below by mode. The CRTPO receives 46 project submittals within each mode.

  Recommended Project Submittals Local Input
Point Assignment
Highway Projects: List Coming in 2018 Map
Non-Highway Projects: List Coming in 2018 Map







CRTPO Local Input Points Methodology.