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1.54 Million

The population within CRTPO’s region is approximately 1.54 million as of the 2020 census, making its population the largest of any MPO in the state.

988 ppl/Sq Mi

CRTPO’s population density is 988 persons/square mile, as of the 2020 Census.

1,559.4 Sq Mi

The total area contained within CRTPO’s planning region is 1,559.4 square miles.

667.9 sq mi

CRTPO is part of the Charlotte urban area (UA). The UA is 667.9 square miles and has a population of 1,379,873 (2020 Census).

27 Voting Members

CRTPO currently consists of 27 voting members and 5 non-voting members.

26.7 Minutes

Average mean travel time to work in the CRTPO Planning Area (2018-2022 ACS).

Planning, Design & Development Department

The Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department is the lead planning agency for CRTPO.

Four MPOs and Two RPOs

CRTPO is one of the four MPOs and two RPOs that make up the Charlotte Regional Alliance for Transportation (CRAFT).


CRTPO is considered a Transportation Management Area (TMA) because its population exceeds 200,000.

Two NCDOT Divisions

The entirety of CRTPO is within Division 10 and Division 12 of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).


The City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the North Carolina State Highway Commission adopted the first formal Memorandum of Understanding in 1965, which defined a transportation planning process for Charlotte-Mecklenburg MPO.