News from February 21, 2019
CAMPO Executive Board Approves Local and Regional Transportation Projects and Planning Efforts
RALEIGH (February 21, 2019) – At their meeting on February 20, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (CAMPO) Executive Board:
- Approved funding for 14 local transportation projects
- Adopted its work program for the upcoming fiscal year (FY 2020), and,
- Approved the Wake Bus Plan 10-Year Operating and Capital Plan.
Local Transportation Projects Approved for Funding Through MPO
In August 2018 the NC Capital Area MPO’s Executive Board opened a call for candidate transportation projects to fund through the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP). The program is used by the MPO to prioritize and program local transportation projects in the region using federal program funding allocated to the MPO.
The call for projects resulted in submission of 25 eligible projects for consideration. The Executive Board approved funding for 14 projects: seven roadway projects, totaling $15,828,279; six bicycle and pedestrian projects, totaling $7,171,721; and one transit project, totaling $2,000,000. The approved roadway projects are sprinkled throughout the CAMPO area, including projects in northern Wake County, Garner, the Town of Fuquay-Varina, to the Town of Clayton and the Town of Cary. Bike and pedestrian projects are also widely distributed and include greenway extensions and sidewalk improvements. The transit project is for new GoRaleigh bus stops, and improvements to existing stops with a focus on accessibility upgrades. The full list of projects can be found on the CAMPO LAPP webpage. All projects will be funded using federal transportation dollars and matching local funds.
Adoption of the MPO’s FY 2020 Work Program
The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) outlines the planning efforts the MPO will undertake each year and serves as both the annual budget and the guide to work tasks for the MPO staff. Tasks include general maintenance of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Triangle Regional Travel Demand Model, special studies, public outreach and engagement, and technical analysis. The UPWP also includes the planning tasks the region’s transit providers undertake to meet Federal Transit Administration requirements.
Highlights of the FY 2020 UPWP include the start or continuation of several regional transportation planning studies such as the Northeast Area Study Update (covering northeastern Wake County, southern Franklin County, and the municipalities of Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton, Bunn and parts of Raleigh and Wake Forest), a feasibility study of passenger rail between Fayetteville and Raleigh, and the Triangle Bikeway Implementation Plan. Continuing forward will be the R.E.D. Lane Study, a transit study to explore the possibility of special transit lane treatments on some of our region’s busiest corridors.
Approval of the Wake Bus Plan 10-Year Operating and Capital Plan
This plan outlines the strategic phasing of the bus services envisioned in the Wake Transit Plan, which was adopted in 2016 and is being implemented through a variety of funding sources, including a one-half percent sales tax approved by voter-referendum in 2016. The plan contains a year-by-year programming of bus services that increase frequency and extend service spans in the urban core and that provide connections to all Wake County municipalities. The plan also programs capital projects such as park and ride lots and new shelters and bus transfer centers to support the new and expanded services.
In addition, many Wake County residents depend on rural, demand-response transit services to get to medical appointments, grocery stores and other necessary destinations. The Wake Bus Plan allocates funding to GoWake Access to serve the elderly and disabled throughout the county.
Increased bus service includes:
- Expand existing frequent bus service from 17 to 83 miles, with service at least every 15 minutes.
- Improve links between colleges and universities, employment centers, medical facilities, dense residential areas, RDU Airport and downtowns.
- Operate routes every 30 or 60 minutes to provide more coverage across the county.
More information can be found on the GoForward/Wake website.
(The GoTriangle Board of Trustees, as the other governing body for Wake Transit Plan funds, approved the 10-Year Bus Plan in late November, 2018.)
Contact: Bonnie Parker or 919-996-4400.