Regional Transportation Priorities

The following transportation priorities were developed and adopted by the two Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) serving the TJCOG region. 

Make NC a Leader in Active Transportation Investments

Reinstate funds for economically beneficial and safety-focused bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs.


Complete Streets

What success looks like: NCDOT Complete Streets policy implementation is based on the characteristics of corridors and the needs of users, not on the type of facility that is built or the community it is in. NCDOT, MPOs, RPOs, and local communities seamlessly blend federal, state and local funds to achieve results.

Key Actions

  • Restore state funding for standalone bike and pedestrian projects, so all modes are on a level playing field.
  • Create easy methods for facility maintenance.
  • Lower the local match requirements to incentivize more investments.
  • Prioritize side paths for busy, highspeed roads.

Active Routes to School

What success looks like: School systems and local communities – with support from the MPOs and NCDOT – continue to expand the reach of the Active Routes to School (AR2S) program, both at existing schools and in the earliest stages of planning for new schools.

Key Policy Considerations

  • Physical activity has a proven positive impact on learning and health.
  • Schools that participate see improvements in academic performance as well as classroom behavior.
  • Working together, NCDOT and MPOs can emphasize the use of flexible funding for active routes to school investments.
  • Each student who can walk or cycle can mean one fewer parking space or car in the pick-up line.

Strengthen Support for Demand Management & Technology

Grow state investment in Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and technology applications such as ramp-metering and managed motorways.

The most cost-effective dollar spent is on efficiently managing the demand for the supply of roads we already have. Working with employers on ways to offer workers alternatives to peak-hour, drive-alone commuting and deploying technologies to maximize the roadway supply are key elements of the smart city movement.

Regional Transportation Demand Management Partnership

What success looks like: NCDOT, the Triangle Metro's MPOs and other regions collaborate to recruit, recognize and reward employers and communities that implement Transportation Demand Management practices.

  • Regional collaboration between NCDOT, both MPOs and Triangle J COG with a dozen service providers selected through a competitive process.
  • Employer-focused with emphasis on anchor institutions, city centers, and the RTP.
  • Coordinated outreach and marketing efforts
  • Baseline benefits through GoTriangle, including rideshare matching, emergency ride home and GoPerks reward program

Smart City Technologies

What success looks like: Technology applications that don’t let uncertainty keep us from taking
evidence-based steps to better manage freeways, local streets and travel in our region’s hubs.

Active Freeway Management

  • Melds communications, controls and optimization strategies
  • Reduces delay and increases reliability
  • Provides as much as an additional lane of freeway capacity
  • More cost-effective than traditional road projects
  • Can be used with managed lanes and toll facilities

Traffic Signal Systems

  • Integrated, community-wide network for maximum benefit
  • Linked to a traffic management center.
  • Efficient congestion management and faster incident
  • Key element for connected & automated vehicle

Mobility in Regional Hubs

  • City centers and anchor institutions like universities and
    medical centers are key destinations
  • Combination of technology, pricing, and parking strategies
  • Actions that are people-friendly rather than vehicle-oriented
  • Recent Bloomberg Mayors Challenge grant in Durham can be
    an early demonstration