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SPOT (Strategic Transportation Prioritization)

Statewide Prioritization & Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law

NCDOT uses a strategic, data-driven process to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The process involves scoring all roadway, public transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, rail, and aviation projects on a number of criteria. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs), and the NCDOT Divisions also contribute to the final project score by assigning local priority points to projects. For more information see the NCDOT Strategic Prioritization Process.


Currently, the round of prioritization is in P5.0 to update the 2020-2029 STIP which will be released in early 2020. The French Broad River MPO is allowed to submit 25 projects for each mode.


Projects receive a percentage of available revenue in the following three categories: Statewide Mobility (40%), Regional Impact (30%), and Division Needs (30%). The Statewide Mobility projects are 100% data driven and selected based on quantitative scores. Regional Impact projects focus on improving connectivity within regions (7). Selection is based on 70% data and 30% local input. Division Needs projects focus on addressing local needs, and selection is based on 50% data and 50% local input. The French Broad River MPO along with NCDOT Divisions 13 and 14 will assign local input points to the Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects based on approved methodology. This assignment took place in the Spring and Fall of 2018. Projects with the highest scores will have a greater chance of being programmed into the STIP/MTIP.

For more information on projects submitted by FBRMPO and local methodology see below: