The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is applying for federal funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant program. The CRTPO’s application is titled Making Our Roads SAFER: A Cross-Jurisdictional Study. If awarded, this grant will allow the CRTPO to conduct detailed safety audits in historically underserved and transportation disadvantaged communities throughout Iredell, Mecklenburg, and western Union counties.
WHY IS THE CRTPO APPLYING?
As the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Charlotte Urban Area, the CRTPO is responsible for coordinating transportation planning efforts with the member jurisdictions within its planning area boundary. MPOs are involved in regional planning, funding, and policy development for all modes of transportation, so the CRTPO is uniquely positioned to lead cross-jurisdictional studies that require complex coordination. CRTPO staff possesses extensive experience with project management, grant reporting, and public engagement.
As directed by Congress in the BIL, projects located in the areas identified in the map below are eligible for up to 100 percent federal cost share. The CRTPO will be selecting targeted geographies within these areas to study based on data-driven safety analysis.
How is the CRTPO Making Our Roads SAFER?
The safety of everyone that travels through the region – by whatever mode they choose – is a priority for the CRTPO. Solving safety issues is a complicated process, as no two intersections or segments of the transportation network will have identical problems. Unique problems require unique solutions. The CRTPO’s application identifies the following key elements for this study:
|Protect non-motorized travelers
Reduce fatalities and serious injuries
|Increase accessibility for non-motorized travelers
Restore and modernize existing infrastructure
|Increase affordable transportation choices
Reduce vehicle dependence
|Engage residents and community-based organizations
Reduce transportation cost burdens
|Improve access to daily destinations
Improve system-wide connectivity
If awarded funding, the CRTPO plans to conduct a series of comprehensive audits to identify localized issues and prioritize implementable solutions based on these tenants and best practices identified in the National Roadway Safety Strategy and USDOT’s Safe System Approach.
How is the CRTPO Engaging Stakeholders?
The CRTPO’s data collection and analysis will be grounded with extensive public engagement guided by the CRTPO’s Public Involvement Plan and USDOT’s Promising Practices for Meaningful Public Involvement in Transportation Decision-Making Guide. The safety of people will be this study’s priority – and the people’s input will be critical to guiding the study’s development.
Pre-Application Public Outreach Webinar
In February 2024, CRTPO staff hosted two virtual webinars to inform transportation planning staff and local community groups about our application.
The CRTPO is seeking partners to collaborate with on public engagement for this study. CRTPO staff does not expect or want your organization to do the work for us. We are looking for opportunities to speak to community members at your events, provide polling materials through your distribution networks, and create channels for residents to provide their input through the connections that only you can foster.
We ask that agencies and organizations interested in supporting the CRTPO’s application submit a letter of support committing to work with us if funding is awarded for this study. CRTPO staff has created a toolkit for your use with detailed instructions (see the public engagement toolkit posted below). This letter is not a legally binding agreement between the CRTPO and the entity you represent. It demonstrates to the USDOT that our study will engage residents and community-based organizations.
Please use the links below to download materials that the CRTPO has published to support this RAISE grant application.
The selections for awards of the RAISE program will be announced no later than June 27, 2024. If the CRTPO is selected for funding, our staff will reach back out to each organization that provided a letter of support to provide additional information regarding next steps. Your organization will remain on a project contact list to ensure you are kept informed of the study’s development. While the CRTPO’s initial application lays out a proposed budget, project schedule, and key deliverables, the specifics of these activities will be finalized with a third-party consultant after the grant has been awarded.
FY 2024 RAISE Application Tracker
The CRTPO’s FY 2024 RAISE application was submitted to the USDOT on February 27, 2024.
RAISE is an extensive application process, and we welcome further questions about the work we are doing to secure these Federal funds. Please contact Brian Elgort, Project Implementation Coordinator, at email@example.com with any questions.