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. 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.

These can be accessed below:

Durham County Transit Plan

Orange County Transit Plan 

Wake County Transit Plan

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. 

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

NEW: FY23 Request for Proposals

The FY23 Request For Proposals (RFPs) for Triangle Transportation Choices are now open.  Applications for both RFPs are due to Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) by 5:00 p.m. EST on Feb 18, 2022. Period of performance for both RFPs is July 01, 2022, to June 30, 2023.

Special FY23 RFP: Equity & Inclusion Initiative

For FY23, a Special RFP is being piloted as a part of the Programs' as well as TJCOGs’ commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The pilot RFP is requesting applications from North Carolina based grassroot level/non-profits/community-based organizations working with equity priority communities (such as low income, marginalized, minority, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or otherwise disadvantaged or vulnerable communities) to promote safe and affordable access to commute options such as transit, walking, biking, carpool and vanpool.

The application process for the pilot has been highly simplified as compared to the Programs’ traditional annual RFP and comprises of a simple 2 page application as below: 

2- page Application for FY23 Special RFP: Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Attachment 1: Special RFP Budget Template

One-on-one assistance is available to complete the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Shuchi Gupta at (919) 558-2715 or sgupta@tjcog.org for questions and/or all types of assistance. 

Annual FY23 RFP

This is the traditional RFP released annually by TJCOG.

FY23 Guidance document provides the necessary background information and instructions for the RFP. Please review it carefully before filling out the application which consists of several Attachments provided below. Please contact Shuchi Gupta at (919) 558-2715 or sgupta@tjcog.org  for any questions or assistance regarding this RFP. 

Annual FY23 RFP ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A: 7-Year Plan Revised Table of Activities

Attachment B: Prioritizing Geographical Areas for TDM Services

Attachment C1: FY23 Transportation Choice Hubs

Attachment C2: FY23 REINVEST Neighborhood

Attachment D: FY23 Proposal Narrative

Attachment E: FY23 Budget Application Template

Attachment F: FY23 Conferences & Membership Guidelines

Attachment G: FY23 Cover Sheet Template

Attachment H: FY23 Workplan Timetable Template

Attachment I: FY23 Cost-Match Commitment Letter Sample

Attachment J: FY23 Scope of Contractor Services Template 

Attachment K: FY23 Quarterly Reporting Template 

Attachment L: Program Roles and Responsibilities

FY23 RFP Schedule

 

Activity/Task

Due Date

FY23 RFP Released

Dec 17, 2021

FY23 RFP Informational Session (Virtual)

Jan 13, 2022 (Recording of the session)

Completed Applications Due

Feb 18, 2022; 5:00 pm EST

Applicants selected in Round 1 notified and provided feedback for necessary revisions and submission of revised application

Week of April 04, 2022

Round 2 revised applications due (These must be in the same file format as specified above for initial applications).

Week of April 18, 2022; 5.00 pm EST

Notice of Awards

Mid-May, 2022

 

 

FY22 Grantees

One (1) Regional Service Provider, twelve (12) Local Service Providers (LSPs) and 2 innovative projects are being funded under the FY22 Triangle Transportation Choices grant which ends on June 30, 2022. 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. The LSPs develop and implement TDM campaigns and/or activities and provide TDM outreach in their specific hotspots. Below is the list of all Providers funded for the FY22 cycle:   

 

Triangle Transportation Choices Plan Update Process

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 resuming in Spring 2022.

Program Contacts

Sean Flaherty, Principal Planner

Ph: 919-558-2705

email: sflaherty@tjcog.org

Shuchi Gupta, Senior Planner

Ph: 919-558-2715

email: sgupta@tjcog.org

Jenna Kolling, Planner II

Ph: 919-381-2530

email jkolling@tjcog.org

Ryan Eldridge, Planner II

Ph: 919- 558-9403

email: reldridge@tjcog.org