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.

Northeast Area Study - Update

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 anticipated to go through June 2021. 


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. 

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.