Triangle Transportation Choices
About the Program
Triangle Transportation Choices is a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program in the 7-county Triangle region of the state of North Carolina.
The Annual Impact Report for the Triangle Transportation Choices program calculates reductions in vehicle trips, vehicle miles traveled, and vehicular emissions resulting from programs funded in that grant cycle by the Program. For more information about the program please read our latest Impact Report.
It aims to reduce commuter reliance on single-occupancy vehicles (SOV) by encouraging healthier, much lower cost, greener and sustainable alternative options such as carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking, walking, teleworking, and flexible work weeks. TJCOG has served as the Program administrator since its very beginning in 2008. The program links NC state policy and funding with local and regional service providers. It draws from the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) developed jointly by CAMPO and DCHC MPO for the Triangle region, as well as the NCDOTs TDM Strategic Plan. The MTP is the long-range plan for transportation improvements across the Triangle region. Durham, Orange and Wake, the three counties in the Triangle, too have their own transit Plans and can be accessed below:
Program funding is provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program. These funds are provided on behalf of two Triangle Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO): North Carolina Capital Area MPO (NC CAMPO) and Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro DCHC MPO.
The program got its new name,Triangle Transportation Choices, and logo in summer 2021 as a part of its rebranding efforts.
In August 2019, NCDOT established a Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) reduction task force and did a VMT Reduction Study. The study identified a broad range of strategies for VMT reduction in urban, rural and regional areas of North Carolina and was released in April 2021. As a follow up, in July 2022, NCDOT has developed a VMT toolkit which is available for anyone's use at https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/environmental/climate-change/Pages/vehicle-miles-traveled-reduction-study.aspx.
The toolkit is actually an interactive PDF intended to be utilized based on the user's implementation area and selected TDM programs.
The grant program announced its annual awards this Monday, May 9th 2022.
12 traditional applicants will be receiving a combined total of 1.47 million dollars for FY23's TDM activities.
The program in a key step towards integrating equity and inclusion in its funding process had earmarked $200,000 for an Equity and Inclusion pilot in FY23. It received several excellent applications far superseding this earmarked amount. Eventually, the program is funding six local non-profits/grassroot/community organizations to the tune of $183,000. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $73,000.
These grants will kick in on July 01 of this year and end on June 30, 2023.
FY23 is hopefully going to be an exciting year for the grant with things settling to the new normal, given the pandemic is likely behind us, and the pilot equity initiative.
Below is the list of all grantees.
Pilot Equity Initiative
Bike Durham in partnership with Bragtown Community
Association and Merrick-Moore Community Development Corporation
One Regional Service Provider and eleven Local Service Providers (LSPs). GoTriangle as the Regional Provider will implement and coordinate regional TDM services. It works closely with the LSPs and is the lead agency on all regional marketing and outreach initiatives.
In April 2019, TJCOG started work on updating the original 7-Year Long Range Triangle TDM Plan developed in 2006-07. It facilitated several focus group meetings with different TDM stakeholder groups with the assistance of Gresham Smith (NCDOT’s lead consultant on Statewide TDM program). As a part of the Update process it also worked closely with its Oversight Committee and other Partners to ensure that the Updated Plan aligned with NCDOT PTDs Statewide Strategic Plan.
Here is the draft of the proposed Updated TDM Plan/Goals.
TJCOG presented the draft to the Technical Committees and the Executive Boards of both its funders- Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) and Capital Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) in fall 2019. Both invited public comment in December 2019. The update process had to be put on hold initially in February 2020 due to NCDOT funding issues. This then got extended due to the pandemic. TJCOG anticipates to resume at an appropriate time in the future.