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About Us

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Charlotte Urbanized Area.  Federal legislation requires Urbanized Areas with populations larger than 50,000 to have an MPO, whose primary function is to carry out the transportation planning process among the member jurisdictions within its established planning area boundary.  Due to the growth of the Charlotte Urbanized Area, and the subsequent expansion of the MPO planning area boundary, the CRTPO was established in place of the former Mecklenburg-Union MPO.

More information about the membership, governance and structure of the CRTPO, as well as the establishment of the Urbanized Area, can be found by exploring the other webpages in the About Us section of this website.

CRTPO's Mission

CRTPO’s mission is to plan a future transportation system that provides a range of local and regional mobility choices, respects the natural and built environment, and strengthens the economic prosperity of the entire region.

CRTPO's Goals 

  • Provide, manage, and maintain a safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation system for all modes of travel, intended to serve all segments of the population. 
  • Encourage walking, bicycling and transit options, integrated with motor vehicle transportation, by providing a transportation system that serves the public with mobility choices. 
  • Provide a sustainable transportation system that improves the quality of life for residents, promotes healthy living, and is sensitive to significant features of the natural and human environments. 
  • Promote equitable transportation options for low income and minority neighborhoods, as well as the aging population. 
  • Encourage regional collaboration and linkages between transportation and land use planning. 
  • Support economic competitiveness by making investment decisions for transportation modes that make the most efficient use of limited public resources and enhance system performance, as well as by pursuing sustainable funding possibilities. 
  • Maximize transportation opportunities for the movement of goods. 

Who we are

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) consists of voting representatives from Iredell County, Mooresville, Statesville, Troutman in Iredell County.    Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mecklenburg County, Mint Hill, and Pineville in Mecklenburg County.  Fairview, Indian Trail, Marshville,  MarvinMineral Springs, Monroe, Stallings, Union County, Waxhaw, Weddington, Wesley Chapel and Wingate each have voting representatives from Union County. The North Carolina Board of Transportation is also a voting member.  Non-voting members on the Board are from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, the Union County Planning Board, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority and the US Department of Transportation.

It is the CRTPO’s responsibility to coordinate transportation policy for local governmental jurisdictions within the Charlotte Urbanized Area.*

The CRTPO, in cooperation with the State, develops transportation plans and programs for the urbanized area. Plans that will: 1) Assist governing bodies and official agencies in determining courses of action and in formulating attainable capital improvement programs in anticipation of community needs; and, 2) Guide private individuals and groups in planning their decisions which can be important factors in the pattern of future development and redevelopment of the area.

What we do

The CRTPO has the primary responsibility for citizen input into the federally mandated continuing, coordinated, and comprehensive (3C) transportation planning process.  During transportation plan reevaluation, citizen involvement in the planning process is encouraged for reanalysis of goals and objectives and plan formation.  Additional duties and responsibilities of CRTPO are as follows:

  1. Carry out the urban transportation planning process and develop the planning work programs, transportation plan, and transportation improvement program.
  2. Ensure that the transportation planning process and the plans and improvement projects emerging from that process are consistent with the policies and desires of local government.
  3. Serve as a forum for the resolution of conflicts that arise during the course of developing the Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program.
  4. Establish goals and objectives for the transportation planning process reflective of and responsive to comprehensive plans.
  5. Annually review and approve the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  6. Review, approve, and endorse amendments to the UPWP, the Transportation Plan and the TIP.
  7. Inform the governing Boards of the status and requirements of the transportation planning process; assist in the dissemination and clarification of the decisions, inclinations, and policies of these Boards; and ensure meaningful citizen participation in the transportation planning process.
  8. Review, approve, and endorse changes to the Federal-Aid Urban Area System and Boundary.
  9. Review, approve, and endorse a Prospectus for transportation planning that defines work tasks and responsibilities for the various agencies participating in the transportation planning process.
  10. Review and approve related air quality planning.
  11. Review and approve energy conservation planning and energy contingency planning.
  12. Responsible for the distribution of funds distributed to MPO’s under the provisions of current federal transportation legislation - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).
  13. Responsible for any other duties identified as necessary to further facilitate the transportation planning process.

* The Charlotte Urbanized Area includes Charlotte, and the remainder of Mecklenburg County plus that area beyond the existing urbanized area boundary of Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties that is expected to become urban within a twenty year planning period.