The Charlotte Regional Transportation Organization (CRTPO) receives direct attributable funds, also known as discretionary funds or grants, to be allocated to member jurisdictions for specific projects on a competitive basis. Project selection is guided by the CRTPO Board-approved Discretionary Funds Policy Guide. The Guide prioritizes projects in the region that will utilize federal funds. Selected projects will be added to CRTPO’s Metropolitan Transportation Program (MTP) and adopted into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
CRTPO Board approves $11 million of transportation funding for Iredell, Mecklenburg and Union counties
Spring 2021 Supplemental Funding to Existing Discretionary Projects
The CRTPO Board approved $3.3 million following the annual 2021 spring call for existing discretionary projects that have experienced a funding shortfall at its June 16, 2021 meeting. The projects were evaluated based upon the following measures within the CRTPO Discretionary Funds Guide Policy:
- Percent increase in CRTPO request over the project’s original budget
- Most recent project phase completed (construction phase projects receive highest priority);
- Percent of local funds committed for the shortfall request; and,
- Number of previous shortfall awards received for this project.
Table 1 shows a list of projects and funds awarded. The 2020-2029 TIP has been amended to add funds to these projects.
Table 1 –Spring 2021 Supplemental Discretionary Funding
COVID Relief Funds for Maintenance Projects
The CRTPO Board approved $7.9 million from a COVID relief bill (HIP-CRRSAA) that was enacted by Congress in December 2020 to address impacts of COVID-19 related to Highway Infrastructure Programs. The spirit of the Act is to get people back to work quickly. The CRTPO received $7,949,000 based on factors such as population share and lane miles.
Table 2 depicts the approved allocation of COVID relief funds to maintenance projects based upon county population share.
Table 2 - Summary of COVID Relief Funds County Allocation
The approved projects comprise various maintenance activities in Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties. These maintenance projects are scheduled to start in 2022.
If you have any questions about discretionary, maintenance or funded projects, please contact Jennifer Stafford at email@example.com.
Upcoming Discretionary Projects Dates to Remember
2021 fall call for CRTPO’s discretionary project funding will open August 9!
The 2021 fall call for discretionary projects will open on August 9 and will close on October 15. This annual project call serves as an opportunity for member jurisdictions to apply for the CRTPO’s federal discretionary funds to use for eligible capital projects and local planning projects. The fall project call has $45 million funds available for eligible capital and planning projects throughout the CRTPO planning area.
The fall call timeline is shown below.
Discretionary Funds Policy Document
At its February 13, 2019 meeting, the CRTPO Board adopted the MPO’s first Discretionary Funds Policy Document. The policy document was revised on August 19, 2020. The policy and appendices may be found here: Discretionary Funds Policy Guide (Revised August 19, 2020) CRTPO Transportation Funding Programs Brochure: State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Discretionary Projects Program CRTPO hosted a workshop for the Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers in June 2019 and a webinar for completing the Fall Call application in September 2019. Below are recordings from both the workshop regarding NCDOT Agreements and Authorizations and webinar regarding CRTPO's Discretionary Funding application process.
Appendix I (Annual Program Schedule)
Appendix II (Discretionary Funding Amounts)
Appendix III (Roadway Scoring Criteria)
Appendix IV (Bike-Ped Scoring Criteria)
Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers Workshop
At its February 13, 2019 meeting, the CRTPO Board adopted the MPO’s first Discretionary Funds Policy Document. The policy document was revised on August 19, 2020.
The policy and appendices may be found here:
Discretionary Funds Policy Guide (Revised August 19, 2020)
CRTPO Transportation Funding Programs Brochure: State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Discretionary Projects Program
CRTPO hosted a workshop for the Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers in June 2019 and a webinar for completing the Fall Call application in September 2019. Below are recordings from both the workshop regarding NCDOT Agreements and Authorizations and webinar regarding CRTPO's Discretionary Funding application process.
|NCDOT Agreements & Authorizations||CRTPO Discretionary Funding|
|Presentation (June 24, 2019)||Presentation (September 23, 2019)|
Active Transportation Information
Active Transportation Scoring Guide
This guide will allow potential project sponsors to score their projects using CRTPO's adopted active transportation methodology.
On-line Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Average Annual Daily Traffic (AADT) Mapping
This on-line mapping tool will allow potential project sponsors, and others, to verify project specifics such as AADT, environmental justice (EJ) classifications, vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle crash data, and existing and proposed facilities.
FHWA's Guidance includes detailed explanations of all aspects of active transportation guidance, including funding, the selection process, and project eligibility, among others.
NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide provides many tools and recommendations for designing streets in ways that benefit many modes of transportation. This guide will allow project sponsors to determine if a project potentially encourages traffic calming or vehicle lane narrowing.
Project Oversight Committee
The Project Oversight Committee assists in the prioritization and project tracking efforts for the following direct attributable funding sources that have been appropriated to projects throughout the CRTPO planning area: