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2024-2033 Adopted Transportation Improvement Program

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The CRTPO adopted the 2024-2033 TIP, the 2050 MTP amendments, and an air quality conformity determination at the June 21, 2023 Board meeting. 

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies the transportation projects and strategies that CRTPO and NCDOT plan to undertake over the next ten years. All projects receiving federal funding must be in the TIP. The TIP is the region’s way of allocating its transportation resources among the various capital and operating needs of the area, based on a clear set of short-term transportation priorities.

The TIP:

  • Is updated at least every two years;
  • Is realistic in terms of available funding and is not just a “wish list” of projects. This concept is known as fiscal constraint;
  • Conforms with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality (CRTPO is classified as nonattainment for ozone);
  • Is approved by the MPO and the governor; and
  • Is incorporated directly, without change, into North Carolina’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
  • The process by which the NCDOT STIP is developed is known as NCDOT Prioritization.

NCDOT maintains a “Live STIP” that is updated monthly based upon TIP amendments that are approved by the Board of Transportation. NCDOT’s Live STIP can be viewed here.

Projects that have been funded in the 2024-2033 STIP through the NCDOT Prioritization 6.0 process can be viewed by mode in the lists and maps below:

2050 MTP Amendments

Following the adoption of the 2024-2033 STIP by NCDOT, a series of amendments to the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Amendments were required to ensure that the plan conforms to CRTPO’s TIP. Amendments were required to the 2050 MTP for the following reasons:

  • To add new projects that were not previously in the 2050 MTP, but were identified in the DRAFT TIP;
  • To move projects to a different horizon year in the 2050 MTP; and
  • To change project extents in the 2050 MTP to match the limits in the DRAFT TIP.

The TIP is a subset of the 2050 MTP and both documents should match.

A list of the approved 2050 MTP amendments that are recommended to conform to the 2024-2033 TIP can be viewed in list below:

CRTPO 2050 MTP Amendments:

2050 MTP Amendments

2050 MTP Amendments List

Fiscal Constraint

Federal regulations require MTPs, TIPs, and STIPs to be “fiscally constrained.” The requirement for fiscal constraint is met through the preparation of financial plans, the requirements for which are contained in the joint FTA/FHWA regulations for Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Planning (23 CFR 450). These regulations specify that the the TIP must be fiscally constrained for the first four program years. Click here to view the CRTPO’s draft Funding Summary for the 2024-2027 program years.

Air Quality Conformity Determination

The Clean Air Act requires the CRTPO to demonstrate that its TIP and MTP conform to the Statewide Improvement Program (SIP). Transportation conformity is an important part of the CRTPO’s planning process. The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report can be viewed here and certifies that the projects proposed within the 2024-2033 TIP and 2050 MTP are within the prescribed limits for air quality within the Charlotte region.

Air Quality Conformity Determination Report

The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report