GET TO KNOW THE STRATEGIC TRANSPORTATION PROJECT PRIORITIZATION PROCESS (AKA: SPOT 6.0)
STRATEGIC PRIORITIZATION Office OF TRANSPORTATION (SPOT)
The Strategic Prioritization Process is a data-driven, transparent method for prioritizing transportation projects and is used to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program/ Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program(STIP/MTIP), which identify the projects that will be funded during a 10-year period. Prioritization scores all roadway, public transportation, bicycle & pedestrian, rail, ferry, and aviation projects based upon approved criteria.
- A call for non-roadway projects (bike/ped, transit, and aviation) from local municipalities and transportation agencies ( Summer 2019)
- Candidate roadway projects are gathered from the MPO’s approved Transportation Improvement Plan and Metropolitan Transportation Plan, and along with the non-roadway projects, a proposed list is then recommended to the MPO Board for public release in early 2020.
- A public hearing and consideration of the final project list is likely to occur at the Board Meeting in March 2020.
**SPOT List – Approved 3/26/20**
- The MPO submits the projects to SPOT in April-July 2020.
- NCDOT scores the projects (see graphic on “How STI Works” below) with an anticipated release in May 2021.
- MPO assigns local input points for regional impact (August 2021) and Division Needs (January 2022)
- NCDOT releases Draft 2023-2032 STIP in May 2022.