2050 MTP Preferred Scenario

Preferred Scenario

Preferred Scenario - Interactive Map

Preferred Scenario - Bike/Ped Corridors Map

Preferred Scenario - Transit Corridors Map

Preferred Scenario - Roadway Projects Map

Preferred Scenario - Roadway Projects List

This scenario (based on the All Together scenario) increases the intensity and mix of land uses at major employment hubs and travel corridors, and works to link minority, low-income, and zero-car households to jobs. It increases biking and walking facilities and provides transit services in major commuting corridors and major activity centers. It assumes several future transportation funding changes on the state and local level, which means both housing affordability and transportation funding actions by a range of partners would be necessary. It also assumes that a larger proportion of residential and employment development occurs in the corridors served by bus, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Commuter Rail (CRT), and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  This scenario includes the highest density with mixed use land development, which increases transit usage to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled. It also has the highest funding level among the alternative scenarios that were compared. See the interactive map to view the latest draft with layers for the roadway, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian investments.

Highlights - Preferred Scenario:


    • CRT from Mebane to Selma
    • CRT from Apex to Franklinton
    • BRT Infrastructure and Service in Capital, New Bern, Wilmington, and Western/Chatham/NC 54 corridors
    • BRT Infrastructure and service in Harrison/Kildaire Farm Road corridor
    • BRT Infrastructure and service to Midtown
    • Increased investment in the frequent bus network


  • Largely focused on higher order roadways (State/Federal funds)
  • Completion of Outer Loop (NC 540)
  • Widening/Improving I-40, I-440, US 401, US 1, US 64, US 70, NC 42, NC 50, NC 54, NC 55, NC 98
  • Shift more roadway funding to maintenance
  • High level of complete street investments: bus shelters, stop access, and bicycle facilities
  • Add connector roads to help create more grid networks and increase bike and pedestrian access
  • Higher level of secondary roadway investments in 2030s-2040s

Bicycle & Pedestrian

The 2050 MTP does not specifically list bicycle and pedestrian projects. Local municipalities and counties have identified and prioritized these projects, and have coordinated their interaction at the jurisdiction boundary areas. As a result, the 2050 MTP defers to those local government plans. The bicycle/pedestrian elements map for the Preferred Scenario illustrates major bicycle and pedestrian facilities that have significance toward regional mobility.

Preferred Scenario - Interactive Map