METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MPO) BOARD
The MPO Board is the decision-making policy board for the GCLMPO. The membership includes elected officials from each member local government, as well as the Division 12 representative from the North Carolina Board of Transportation. The MPO Board provides policy direction for the planning process, facilitates communication and coordination among the member jurisdictions and guides the development of a comprehensive multimodal transportation program for the urban area.
The MPO Board directs the 3C process through its annual review and approval of the Unified Planning Work Program, the MPO’s Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program, and through review and approval of changes to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
MPO Board meetings are typically held bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month beginning in January.
TECHNICAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (TCC)
The TCC is comprised of staff representatives of the various member governments, NCDOT, FHWA, and other agencies with an interest in transportation planning. The TCC has the responsibility of supervising and coordinating the 3C process by making technical recommendations to the MPO Board on decisions required pertaining to that process.
Additionally, the TCC is responsible for carrying out the various planning tasks described in the Unified Planning Work Program. These include updates to the long range transportation plan, analysis of operational issues in the thoroughfare system, recommendations for various transportation investment programs and the public involvement process for the MPO. Virtually all technical recommendations to the MPO originate at the TCC level.
TCC meetings are typically held bi-monthly on the second Wednesday of the month beginning in January.
CHARLOTTE REGIONAL ALLIANCE FOR TRANSPORTATION (CRAFT)
In addition to the federal and state required components, the GCLMPO implemented a participatory memorandum of understanding to be a party of the Charlotte Regional Alliance for Transportation, a regional organization that was established in 2001. Through CRAFT, neighboring transportation planning organizations within the Charlotte metropolitan bi-state region work together in a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive regional transportation planning process. Members of CRAFT include the Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization, Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization, Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, the Rock Hill-Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, and Rocky River Rural Planning Organization. CRAFT’s role is to enhance communication among jurisdictions, promote awareness of regional concerns, and to provide an educational forum that addresses significant common transportation issues.
NORTH CAROLINA BOARD OF TRANSPORTATION (NCBOT)
Besides local and regional involvement, there is a statewide Board that oversees the transportation infrastructure in North Carolina. In 1931, North Carolina took ownership of all county and local roads in order to construct, manage, maintain and plan for a transportation network. At that time, the state established the State Highway Commission to control and take responsibility as the governing body for the transportation network. In 1973, the name was changed to the NC Board of Transportation. Each Highway Division has a member on the Board to represent their area.
The Governor of the State of North Carolina appoints the BOT. The BOT adopts the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the ten-year investment program determining how state and federal transportation funds will be spent statewide. They set policies for state maintained and operated transportation systems regardless of mode. The BOT is comprised of nineteen members from across the state. Each member represents a specific transportation division or at-large area of interest and works with NCDOT staff members to make decisions about transportation priorities.
The BOT meets monthly in Raleigh, typically the first Thursday of each month, with subcommittee meetings held the first Wednesday.
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NCDOT DIVISION 12
The GCLMPO works very closely with NCDOT Division 12, which serves Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln counties. The Division serves as the NCDOT liaison for local transportation issues and works with the GCLMPO to fund transportation projects through the Strategic Transportation Investment (STI) law. Because funding regions do not always align with MPO boundaries, the Division serves as the common thread to ensure projects for the entire Division are appropriately funded. In addition, the Division maintains the state highway system, oversees the design and construction of all highway projects within the Division’s boundary, administers smaller funding programs and works directly with local governments to fund projects through these funding programs, among other things.
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