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  • About Us

    The Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) is a multi-jurisdictional entity made up of 34 local governments tasked with planning and monitoring transportation systems to the three-county region. Transportation planning requirements are administered by the MPO in conjunction with the Statewide Planning Branch and the Public Transportation Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) with the approval of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).


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The mission of the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) is to plan for a system of transportation modes that are consistent with the development and growth desired for the jurisdictions that comprise the MPO. The system of roadway, transit, freight, aviation, bicycle, and pedestrian travel modes will deliver safe and efficient movement of people and goods. The GCLMPO will strive to implement mobility options that positively coexist with the natural and built environments and strengthen the economic prosperity of the region while promoting community health and wellness.


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GCLMPO Announcements

Funding Opportunities

The MPO Board of the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization (GCLMPO) will meet IN-PERSON on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM in the Gastonia Police Department Community Room. The Police Department is located at 200 Long Avenue in Gastonia, NC. Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM for staff and members and the meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. The agenda for the meeting is attached.

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The Great Trails State Coalition announces the launch of the 2023 North Carolina Year of the Trail campaign. NC Year of the Trail will celebrate and draw attention to North Carolina’s vast network of trails, greenways, and blueways. These trails showcase our state’s diverse landscapes – from grand mountain vistas to quiet rivers, vibrant urban greenways, coastal forests, and the rolling hills of the Piedmont.

North Carolina Year of the Trail is the largest statewide celebration of trails and outdoor recreation in state history and will firmly establish North Carolina as “The Great Trails State.”

Click Here to Access a Complete List of Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities

Don’t Miss New Infrastructure Grants Coming Soon

Since the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over one year ago, historic investments have been coming to local communities to change residents’ lives for the better and get America moving again. Find out more about new resources from the White House to help you find new grant opportunities and track infrastructure projects in your state. 

Community Connect Grant Program

USDA Rural Development provides funding to construct broadband networks in rural areas that do not currently have broadband service. Application Deadline: 6/20/2023

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide $2.5 billion over five years to a wide range of applicants, including cities, counties, local governments, and Tribes. This round of funding makes up to $700 million from fiscal years 2022 and 2023 funding available to strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative vehicle-fueling infrastructure projects in publicly accessible locations in urban and rural communities, as well as along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs).

Be Rail Safe Informational Workshop

On behalf of NC State University in partnership with the NCDOT, the university is conducting a series of “Lunch and Learn” events for the NCDOT’s “Be Rail Safe” program. The focus of the 1.5 hour event is around the topic of safety for pedestrians within the rail right-of-way. NCSU is currently seeking participation from key stakeholders in the surrounding community to bring awareness to the growing problem of rail trespassing accidents.


Buses and Bus Facilities Program

DOT’ Federal Transit Administration grants to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities. Application Deadline: 4/13/2023

Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program

EPA program to transform overburdened and underserved communities into healthy, thriving communities capable of addressing the environmental and public health challenges they have historically faced, as well as current and future challenges. Application Deadline: 4/14/2023

RBDG – Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems

USDA Rural Development program to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve passenger transportation services and facilities. Contact your nearest USDA office for more information. Application Deadline: 4/19/2023



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