CRAFT is made up of the four MPOs and two RPOs in the Charlotte region, and was created in 1999 to facilitate regional transportation planning in the greater Charlotte area.
CRAFT’s role is to enhance communication among jurisdictions, promote awareness of regional concerns, and to provide an educational forum in the Charlotte region that addresses significant common issues.
The organizational model is that of an MPO: An Executive Committee consisting of the MPO and RPO chairs, as well as representatives from the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC), the NC Board of Transportation and the SC Transportation Commission, and a Technical Committee consisting of staff and TCC members. The Executive Committee meets on average once per year, whereas the Technical Committee, made up of staff and TCC members, meets three to four times a year. It is at the Technical Committee level that most of the crucial information exchanges take place, ensuring that what is planned in one agency’s jurisdiction is not in conflict with what is planned in another.