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CRTPO Discretionary Projects

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

 Approved Discretionary Projects

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

 COVID Relief Funds

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 jennifer.stafford@charlottenc.gov.


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.

 2021 Fall Call Timeline


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)
Appendix I (Annual Program Schedule)
Appendix II (Discretionary Funding Amounts)
Appendix III (Roadway Scoring Criteria)
Appendix IV (Bike-Ped Scoring Criteria)

CRTPO Transportation Funding Programs Brochure: State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Discretionary Projects Program


Local Discretionary-Funds Project Managers Workshop

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.

This information is still relevant for the 2020 Fall Call for New and Shortfall Projects open from August 17 - October 16, 2020.