Prioritization is NCDOT’s decision making tool for developing the State Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which is a listing of projects to be delivered within an upcoming ten-year work program. The STI legislation has created a high degree of collaboration between NCDOT and MPO’s in the development of their Transportation Improvement Program’s every two years through the Prioritization process. The current round is known as Prioritization 6.0 (or P6.0) and will develop the CRTPO’s 2023-2032 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 P6.0 – (see STI legislation for more details). Projects with higher final scores have a greater chance of being programed 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 through their adopted local input point methodologies. The CRTPO’s most recent local input point methodology can be viewed here.
Additional information can be found on NCDOT’s Strategic Transportation Investments webpage
NCDOT Schedule for P6.0:
CRTPO's schedule for submitting projects to NCDOT for P6.0:
Project Submittal Phase:
It is important that residents provide input in during the project submittal phase within the TIP development process because the STI legislation limits project submission to MPOs, RPOs, or NCDOT Divisions. This requires residents, local governments, and other public interest groups to actively participate in the CRTPO’s public involvement period of its project submission phase to ensure that their priorities are being considered within this process. A public comment period was held from August 17, 2017 until August 31,2017 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, 2017 MPO meeting.
The STI legislation requires that MPOs in North Carolina must develop an adopt a methodology for assigning its local input points as part of the NCDOT Prioritization process.
The methodology must contain two criteria (one must be qualitative) for determining project prioritization. In addition, the methodology must contain a public engagement strategy during the local input points process that is consistent with the MPO’s Public Involvement Plan.
Passed in 2013, the Strategic Transportation Investments law allows the NCDOT to use its funding more efficiently and effectively to 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, which allocates available revenues based on data-driven scoring and local input. It is used to develop NCDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program, which identifies the transportation projects that will receive funding during a specified 10-year period.