Funding

The MPO directs a number of funding sources for transportation planning and programming.  The following pages describe the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Strategic Transportation Prioritization process (SPOT), the MPO's Locally Administered Projects Projects (LAPP), and the MPO's annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) outlines ten years of planned capital expenditure on transportation projects in the region. The TIP is adopted by the MPO's Executive Board and is amended as needed to stay consistent with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) adopted by the NCDOT Board of Transportation.  Projects are programmed through the State's competitive SPOT process and through CAMPO's competitive LAPP process.

The Strategic Transportation Prioritization (SPOT) is the methodology that NCDOT uses to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The process involves scoring all roadway, public transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, rail, and aviation projects on a number of criteria. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs), and the NCDOT Division offices also contribute to the final project score by assigning local priority points to projects. For more information on SPOT and STI, contact Alex Rickard

The MPO's Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP) is the process the MPO uses to allocate the federal dollars that are the direct responsibility of the MPO.  Each year, MPO members submit project applications to compete for these funds.  The Locally Administered Project Program includes the MPO's Surface Transportation Program - Direct Allocation (STP-DA) funds and the Congestion Mitigation for Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.  For more information on the LAPP process, contact Danna Widmar.

The annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) shows the schedule and funding sources for planning studies, updating the MPO's Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and other technical work of the MPO. For more information on the UPWP, contact Shelby Powell.