The CRTPO is responsible for maintaining a Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for its entire planning area, which outlines its goals and objectives, as well as addresses transportation related issues and impacts a 20-year minimum horizon. The MTP is federally-mandated and complies with the Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning regulations issued by the US Department of Transportation.
The MTP is updated every four years, allowing CRTPO the opportunity to incorporate the most recent data, identify any changes in factors affecting travel demand, and modify policies, programs, and projects based on current conditions. This is an ongoing process, but the MTP update provides a platform for sharing updated information and ensures compliance with federal regulations in order to continue receiving federal funds to address the needs of the region.
Conformity is also required by federal regulations to ensure that federal funding and approval are given to highway and transit projects that are consistent with (“conform to”) established air quality goals. (More information can be found in the Air Quality Conformity Determination Report, below.)
The CRTPO Board adopted the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan on March 23, 2022. Work began on the 2050 MTP in the summer of 2020. Please visit the project website www.2050mtp.org for detailed project information.
Metropolitan Transportation Plan
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan defines the policies, programs and projects to reduce congestion, improve safety, support land use plans, and provide mobility choices in the CRTPO planning area. It also addresses the goals and objectives of the CRTPO, the various components of the transportation planning process, socio-economic and financial assumptions, and transportation-related environmental and health issues.
As the designated regional transportation planning entity for all of Iredell and Mecklenburg counties, and the western and central, urbanized portions of Union County, the CRTPO is responsible for the long-range transportation planning efforts for the region. The CRTPO, in partnership with the federal, state, and local agencies, works collaboratively to address the transportation needs of the region.