Look Back at 2019
Project Delays – NCDOT
A number of state and local transportation projects were placed on hold in late 2019 due to funding constraints. NCDOT has an updated status list on their projects website.
Complete Streets Policies
This past summer, CAMPO passed a resolution in support of the inclusion of Complete Street elements in projects. In August, the N.C. Board of Transportation adopted an updated Complete Streets Policy, and, following that, Sec. Trogden released an Implementation Guide. You can find information on both on our Complete Streets Initiative webpage.
Completion of the Southwest Area Study Update
To achieve more robust public engagement and detailed focus on specific network issues, CAMPO conducts area studies. Outcomes and recommendations inform the long-range transportation plan that is updated every 4 years (the MTP). The Southwest Area Study Update evaluated the multi-modal network and land use scenarios in and around southwestern Wake County, northern Harnett County, and the municipalities of Angier, Apex, Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs. The Final Report was endorsed by the Executive Board in August of 2019.
Wake County Safe Routes to Schools
The Wake County Model Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Project completed its fourth year and was originally slated to wrap up in 2019. This John Rex Endowment-funded effort was aimed at improving child pedestrian safety in the county by increasing understanding of and support for SRTS programs, policies, and practices. As of the end of 2019
- Three municipalities (Cary, Fuquay-Varina, and Knightdale) had installed their grant-funded infrastructure improvements near their model school,
- The Wake County Public Schools System adopted a wellness policy encouraging walking and biking to school and revised their guidelines for new/renovated school sites to give more clear direction on safe pedestrian access, and,
- In May, Wake County Human Services was awarded a Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Grant through NCDOT. This grant enables the county to continue supporting SRTS work for the next three years (2019 – 2022).
Repeal of the Rescission!
A mandatory rescission (cancellation) was attached to over $7 billion of federal transportation funds nationwide, and was slated to take effect in 2020. Referred to as the Federal Rescission, it could have disrupted important transportation infrastructure investments in North Carolina, and specifically within several CAMPO area municipalities. However, in November of last year, Congress passed a resolution and the President signed it into law, that included language to repeal the rescission - effectively cancelling the "takeback" of funds. CAMPO staff continue to monitor federal actions closely and work with NCDOT to determine impacts from this potential rescission, and any others in the future.
Completion of the Technical Triangle Strategic Tolling Study
This study was technical in nature and primarily involved data collection. It will inform the 2050 MTP development process.
Wake Transit Plan Implementation
Work continued with planning for major improvements like Bus Rapid Transit and Commuter Rail, as well as the rollout of additional bus routes across the region. Check out the highlights from 2019 on the GoForwardNC website.