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E-NEWS - FALL 2021 - IN THIS ISSUE:
  1.  Wanted! Community Input
  2. Updates on MPO Studies (Commuter Rail, US 401, others...)
  3. Program Updates (Safe Routes to School; Cool Data)
  4. Good to Know 

WANTED! COMMUNITY INPUT


Draft 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)image of Draft 2050 MTP cover

Over the past year, in order to update the Triangle Region's long-range transportation plan, the region’s transportation planners have jointly conducted community engagement to establish goals and objectives for the 2050 MTP, developed performance measures to track progress over time, and helped identify the most important elements in modeled improvements to emphasize in the Plan.

The Draft 2050 MTP is now available for community review and comment. Visit the interactive map online to view the proposed network of Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian, and Roadway improvements that would be programmed over the next 10, 20, 30 years for our region.

A public hearing will occur on Wednesday, November 17th at the Executive Board's 4pm meeting, and the deadline for public comments is at noon on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. The Executive Board will consider initial adoption of the maps and projects on December 8th.

The Capital Area MPO (CAMPO) and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro (DCHC) MPO develop this plan together. To view the DCHC MPO's Draft 2050 MTP program and projects, visit https://www.dchcmpo.org.
 

How can you participate?

  1. Visit the Draft 2050 MTP Webpage to review the Interactive Map of Roadway, Transit, and Bicycle/Pedestrian Elements and scroll through the Project lists categorized by decade.
  2. Speak at the Virtual Public Hearing
  3. Send Comments by Wednesday, December 8th

What Happens After Initial Adoption?

The Draft Plan must go through an Air Quality (AQ) Review Analysis before final approval. Once the Executive Board makes the initial approval of the Draft Plan maps and project lists, that AQ analysis begins and typically takes 1-2 months. A full report is ultimately developed and final 2050 MTP Adoption is likely to be considered by the Executive Board in February of 2022.

REGIONAL STUDY UPDATES


Southeast Area Study Update (SEAS Update)

The original Southeast Area Study (SEAS), evaluating land use and transportation issues in the southeastern section of the MPO’s planning area, was completed in 2018. It covered parts of Wake and Johnston Counties, and the municipalities of Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Garner, Kenly, Micro, Raleigh, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson’s Mills. The SEAS needs to be updated to identify future recommendations for the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the region's long-range plan for transportation. The SEAS Update will involve extensive public engagement, and an evaluation of transportation projects, policies and priorities that may have evolved or shifted since the original study. The Update is anticipated to start at the end of 2021 and be completed by June 2023.
 

Commuter Rail Stations
flyer for Nov. 11, 6-8pm informational webinar; visit readyforrailnc.com

To help keep the community up to date about what’s happening with the Greater Triangle Commuter Rail Project, GoTriangle is hosting a virtual presentation and Q&A session from to 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18. Sign up here to attend the Greater Triangle Commuter Rail: An Inside Track on Proposed Commuter Rail Stations event. To learn more or receive updates sign up to become a Commuter Rail Insider at readyforrailnc.com.


Wake BRT: Rapid Bus Extensions Study

CAMPO is conducting a major investment study (MIS) that will identify, evaluate and select preferred solutions for rapid bus extensions to both of the planned Wake Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): Western and Southern Corridors. The planned Wake BRT: Western Corridor will connect downtown Raleigh to downtown Cary. The planned Wake BRT: Southern Corridor will connect downtown Raleigh to Garner. The first phase of community engagement occurred in October, with two more phases planned during the study. View the Phase 1 video, or find more info and sign up for updates on the project website: https://wakebrtextensionsstudy.com/.

U.S. 401 Corridor Study 

This study covers the U.S. 401 Corridor from generally U.S. 421 in Harnett County north to Banks Road in Wake County. For the purpose of the study, the corridor has been divided into three segments that enable the study team to focus on the requirements of each segment individually:
• US 401 Fuquay-Varina Bypass
• US 401 - Fuquay-Varina @ Banks Road to the Harnett/Wake County Line
• US 401 - Southern Section – Harnett/Wake County Line to Lillington
Utilizing community feedback from the first two phases of public engagement, the project team has now begun the technical work for the third phase of the project – Develop Preferred Alternative - which is anticipated to be released for community review and feedback in early 2022. More details can be found at www.US401CorridorStudy.com

Triangle Bikeway Study

The Triangle Bikeway project is studying the idea of a 17-mile bicycle path linking Raleigh, Research Triangle Park (RTP), Durham and Chapel Hill along I-40 and NC 54. The current planning effort includes design and construction recommendations between Raleigh and RTP, and a corridor assessment for the connection west to Durham and Chapel Hill. Following the final round of community involvement conducted this past summer, the project team has been updating the final study recommendations and deliverables. Stay tuned for more information on study outcomes in December/January. More at https://www.trianglebikeway.com. 
 

Mobility Management Program Implementation Study

The region's Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (CPT-HSTP), updated and adopted in 2019, set priorities for investments and initiatives for coordinating public transit and human service efforts. It guides funding and service development for transportation projects that support mobility for elderly, disabled and low-income individuals. The Mobility Management Program Implementation Study began in the summer with the goal of making recommendations for developing of a program that enhances mobility for the region’s seniors, elderly and disabled while focusing on creating efficiencies for existing transit providers. Plans for community engagement during the study are currently being developed. Follow the study through the Mobility Coordination Committee's webpage.
 

Northeast Area Study Update

In September, the Executive Board endorsed the final recommendations and workbooks developed for the Northeast Area Study (NEAS) Update. These documents will be used in future long range planning, and were largely incorporated in the Draft 2050 MTP, as well. The study included parts of Franklin and Wake Counties, the City of Raleigh, as well as the Towns of Bunn, Franklinton, Knightdale, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, Youngsville, and Zebulon.  The final report documents can be found on CAMPO's website under Area Studies.  


** Public Notices for Hearings and Public Comment periods can always be found in the sidebar at the top of CAMPO's homepage. **

PROGRAM UPDATES

 

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) - Safety Audits

The Georgia Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Safe Routes to School Georgia Resource Center and AECOM have created the Road Safety Audit (RSA), which is a formal safety performance examination of a specific road by a multidisciplinary team. Teams consist of a range of stakeholders, including technical experts and community leaders. RSA's identify low cost safety focused countermeasures that can often be implemented in near-term time horizons. MPO staff, in conjunction with NCDOT staff, the Wake County SRTS Coordinator, school system staff, and local government staff are working together to develop a North Carolina version of a SRTS Road Safety Audit process, and conduct one school pilot study to help with future implementation not only in the CAMPO area but throughout North Carolina. Vandora Springs Road Elementary School was selected as the state’s first pilot project for a school Road Safety Audit. Staff from CAMPO, NCDOT, Wake County Health and Human Services, Wake County Public Schools, and the Town of Garner participated in the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian “Train the Trainer” workshop in September, and conducted the actual walking audit earlier this month. Details on the evaluation of the pilot project will be shared in future e-news updates.
 

ITRE's NC NMVDP (also known as "Really Neat Greenway/Trail Usage Data")  image of charts comparting historic bicycle/pedestrian count data to 2020

If the acronyms didn't give it away already, this one is for the data junkies, or really, data visualization junkies! View bicycle and pedestrian count data from some of the area's most popular trails and greenways. NC State's Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) currently manages the Non-Motorized Volume Data Program (NMVDP) on behalf of the N.C. Dept. of Transportation (NCDOT).  The purpose of the program is to establish a robust data collection framework to reliably calculate sidewalk, shared use path, bike lane, and shared lane volumes through the installation of permanent bicycle and pedestrian counters across our state. And it's published online... You can play with the data - make charts and graphs and more! They have data highlighting daily user volumes and hour of day patterns on trails during the COVID-19 pandemic from March through September 2020 and compares these to user volumes in previous years. Both quarterly and annual reports are publicly available at:  https://itre.ncsu.edu/focus/bike-ped/nc-nmvdp/.   Now that's one cool way to get into Bike Month!
GOOD TO KNOW:   
  • CAMPO has a YouTube channel where you can find recordings of public meetings for projects, and even training programs hosted by the MPO. 
  • CAMPO's Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and Executive Board each meet monthly.
    • TCC meets the 1st Thursday at 10 a.m.
    • Executive Board meets the 3rd Wednesday at 4 p.m.
  • Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes, meeting presentations, and a calendar of events can be found at www.campo-nc.us.
  • The CAMPO Office will be closed on
    • November 25th & 26th for Thanksgiving Holiday
    • December 23, 24, 27, 31 for Winter Holidays
    • January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

What is CAMPO?

The N.C. Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) coordinates transportation planning in Wake County and portions of Franklin, Granville, Johnston, and Harnett Counties.  Federal regulations require the MPO to coordinate transportation planning in all the areas that will be part of the "Raleigh urbanized area" within the next 25 years. CAMPO serves as the coordinating agency between local governments, the N.C. Dept. of Transportation (NCDOT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Staff has established a close working relationship with the planning departments of municipalities within the MPO as well as with the planning staff of the neighboring Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO.

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