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.
Northeast Area Study - Update - Final Phase!
The Northeast Area Study (NEAS) Update includes 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 original Northeast Area Study was completed in 2014 and needs to be updated in order to prepare for the 2050 MTP. This Update will involve extensive public engagement and an evaluation of transportation projects, policies, and priorities that may have evolved or shifted since 2014. The Update began in early 2020 and is officially wrapping up in summer 2021. The project team will be out delivering a final board update to municipalities in the study area in the summer 2021, seeking endorsement of NEAS Update recommendations to be used in future planning efforts including the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan development. Final endorsement of the study is planned to occur with the conclusion of a public comment period at the August TCC and Executive Boards. Below are report documents and appendices for reference. If there are any questions or comments please contact Brandon Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-996-4397.
- Northeast Area Study Update Project Workbook
- Northeast Area Study Update Community Engagement Summary
- Northeast Area Study Update Policy Guidebook
- Northeast Area Study Update Project List Appendix
- Study Introduction - Video
- Project webpage - www.neasupdate.com
- Public Engagement Feb/Mar 2021 - Materials
Southwest Area Study - Update
The Southwest Area Study Update, completed in 2019, was a collaborative effort between the Capital Area MPO and NCDOT. It was an update to the original Southwest Area Study (2012) addressing changes in land use and transportation in the area. 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.
- Southwest Area Study (2019) Final Report with Endorsement (updated report)
- Southwest Area Study (2012)
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.