Corridor Studies

Sometimes the MPO will focus attention on a single corridor in the transportation network in order to resolve issues dealing with all or a portion of that corridor. This level of analysis is typically performed on a major NC, U.S., or Interstate route of regional significance.

Commuter Corridors Study (2019) - Multi-modal commuter corridors in the region are increasingly congested even with major financial investments (TIP, MTP, Wake County Transit Plan projects) into the area’s transportation network. This technical study developed and recommended various land use and transportation planning scenarios and investments that offer multi-modal, high impact solutions to relieve or mitigate anticipated congestion.

Completed Corridor Studies

U.S. 1 Corridor Study - The U.S. 1 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, Kerr-Tarr RPO, City of Raleigh, Towns of Wake Forest and Youngsville, Franklin and Wake Counties, and Triangle Transit (now GoTriangle) for the segment of U.S. 1 from I-540 in Raleigh to the northern intersection of U.S. 1/U.S. 1A (North Main Street) in Franklin County. The purpose of the study was to consider improvements to the facility to meet growing travel demand and to improve safety. More information on the U.S. 1 Corridor Study is available at the US 1 Council of Planning website, and additional background is also on the NCDOT US 1 project website.  Click for the Phase I Report (2006) and Phase II Report (2012), which is quite large and available in its component parts (below).  There are also two Hot Spot studies along this part of the corridor, the 2014 update of Phases I and II and the Intersection & Interchange Feasibility Study at US 1A & Falls of Neuse.

NC 50 Corridor Study - The NC 50 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among the Capital Area MPO, Wake and Granville Counties, City of Creedmoor, Town of Butner, Kerr-Tarr RPO, Triangle J Council of Governments, GoRaleigh, GoTriangle, Kerr Area Rural Transit System, and NCDOT.  In addition to the study, the Workbook is also available for the 14.5-mile segment of NC 50 between I-540 in Raleigh and NC 56 in Creedmoor that focused on improving mobility and safety along the corridor; preserving the residential and rural nature of the corridor while supporting regional economic development; and supporting activities to protect recreation, water quality and the environment in the Falls Lake Watershed.  The Existing Conditions along NC 50 are available as well.

NC 54 & More Corridor Study - The NC 54 and More Feasibility Study was conducted in 2016 as a joint effort among CAMPO, the Town of Cary, the Town of Morrisville, and Norfolk Southern, and NCDOT to investigate potential improvements to NC 54 from NC 540 / I‐540 in Morrisville to Northwest Maynard Road (Secondary Road [SR] 3073) in Cary, a distance of approximately 5.6 miles. This study was the initial step in the planning and design process and was not the product of exhaustive environmental or design investigations. The purpose was to describe recommended improvements and associated costs for planning and programming purposes, and to identify potential design and environmental issues to be considered during subsequent phases of project development.

NC 56 Corridor Study - The NC 56 Corridor Study was conducted in 2015 as a joint effort among the Town of Butner, City of Creedmoor, Granville County, CAMPO, Kerr-Tarr RPO, and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for a 4.5-mile segment of NC 56 from 33rd Street in Butner to Darden Drive in Creedmoor and is now complete. The goal of the study was to clarify the long-term vision for the corridor, while also identifying opportunities to address existing needs over a shorter timeframe. 

U.S. 64 Corridor Study - The U.S. 64 Corridor Study was conducted as a joint effort among NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, Town of Apex, Town of Cary, Town of Pittsboro, Wake County, and Chatham County for the segment of U.S. 64/U.S. 64 Business split on the east side of Pittsboro to the U.S. 1/U.S. 64 interchange in Cary. The goal of the study was to develop a master plan to preserve and enhance mobility and safety along U.S. 64, while balancing community access and interests. More information on the U.S. 64 Corridor Study is available in the U.S. 64 Corridor Study Report.

NC 98 Corridor Study - The NC 98 Corridor Study was a joint venture between the Capital Area MPO and the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO.  The study looked at NC 98 from US 70 in Durham to US 401 in Franklin County. The goal of the study was to clarify the long-term vision for the corridor, while also identifying opportunities to address existing needs over a shorter time horizon. It commenced in the fall of 2016 and was completed in the fall of 2018.

Rolesville Main Street Corridor Study Report - The Rolesville Main Street Corridor Study was conducted in 2018 as a joint effort between the Capital Area MPO and the Town of Rolesville to help the community grow and reclaim its Main Street. The goal of the planning process was to provide a guide for future land use and transportation decisions along Main Street.

Western Boulevard Crossing Study - The Western Boulevard Multi-Modal Crossing Feasibility Study was conducted as a joint effort among the City of Raleigh, North Carolina State University, Wake County, NCDOT, Capital Area MPO, and other regional partner agencies.  The study focused on safety and mobility recommendations from Varsity Drive to Pullen Road with an emphasis on a definitive solution for a grade crossing for cyclists and pedestrians.