Area Studies

To achieve more robust public engagement and detailed focus on specific network issues, the Capital Area MPO has conducted a series of area studies. Outcomes and recommendations from these area studies inform the long-range transportation plan that is updated every 4 years, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Southwest Area Study - Update

The Southwest Area Study Update is a cooperative update between the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to the original Southwest Area Study that will address the changes in land use and transportation in the area since 2012 and serve to inform the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). This study 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 2019.

Southeast Area Study

The Southeast Area Study, completed in 2017, was a collaborative effort between the Capital Area MPO, NCDOT, and the Upper Coastal Plain RPO to study southeastern Wake County and western Johnston County. 

Northeast Area Study

The Northeast Area Study, completed in 2014, was a similar effort for northeastern Wake County, southern Franklin County, and the municipalities of Knightdale, Wendell, Zebulon, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton, Bunn and parts of Raleigh and Wake Forest.