On June 26, 2013, the Strategic Transportation Investments bill (HB817) was signed in to law by Governor Patrick McCrory.  The Strategic Transportation Investments, also known as the Strategic Mobility Formula, is a new way to prioritize and fund transportation projects, for all modes, to ensure they provide the maximum benefit for our state.  With the new formula, the NCDOT will be able to use existing revenues more efficiently to improve transportation infrastructure as well as create jobs and help to boost the economy.  The new formula takes affect July 15, 2015.  Projects funded for construction before that date will proceed as scheduled and projects not funded after that date will be ranked according to the new formula.

The new formula was developed because the state gas tax, highway use tax and DMV fees can no longer provide enough funding to build all of the transportation improvements needed to attract new industry, reduce congestion and connect citizens to new opportunities in North Carolina.

This new formula is data driven and requires local input from both NCDOT Division 1 as well as the ARPO.  All transportation projects are broken down into three categories: statewide, regional and division level.

  • Statewide projects will recieve 40% of the available revenue, $6 billion over 10 years.  The project selection process will be 100% data driven or based on facts such as benefit/cost, congestion, economic competitveness and safety. The ARPO and NCDOT Division 1 do not have any say in rankings of Statewide projects.
  • Regional projects will receive 30% of the available revenue, $4.5 billion over 10 years, based on regional population.  ARPO projects at the regional level compete with projects in NCDOT Divisions 1 and 4 as indicated on the map below. The process will be 70% data driven and ARPO and NCDOT Division 1 rankings will make up the remaining 30%. NCDOT Divisions 1 and 4 will receive a total of $44 million per year for regional projects across all modes of transportation.

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  • Division projects will receive 30% of the available revenue, $4.5 billion, which is shared equally between the 14 NCDOT divisions indicated on the map above.  The selection process will be 50% data driven and the ARPO and NCDOT Divison 1 ranking will account for the other 50%.  NCDOT Divison 1 will receive $36 million per year for division projects across all modes of transportation.

The state provided criteria and weights for scoring, NCDOT Divisions 1, 2,3, and 4 were approved to use different criteria and weights for their divisions.

More information regarding the STI can be found here.

Click here to view MPO/RPO guidance for implementation of the STI.

Click here to view  the Funding Resources website, a joint project of  members of the North Carolina Association of Rural (transportation) Planning Organizations (NCARPO).  The Funding Resources website provides descriptions and links to various sources of funding for different types of transportation infrastructure projects.

The Draft STIP, for the Prioritization 3.0 process, was released on December 3, 2014.  The Albemarle RPO supplement (includes only projects within the ARPO’s ten County jurisdiction) of the Draft STIP is located here. The NCDOT Division 1 Draft STIP (includes projects for all 14 counties in NCDOT Divison 1)  can be accessed here. The project map viewer can be accessed here.

***ARPO RTCC and RTAC meetings are always open to the public and the public is welcome to comment during the public comment portion  of both meetings.***

Public Notice Prioritization 6.0

The ARPO RTAC tentatively approved the P 6.0 project list and the ARPO Methodology on April 17, 2019.  The Methodology and project list are open for public comment  from May 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019.  The project list can be found here and the ARPO methodology can be found here.


Public Notice Prioritization 5.0 Complete

The ARPO RTAC approved the Division Needs local input methodology scores and Division Needs local input points on October 10, 2018.  At that time, the RTAC board also approved donating 50 points to the Down East RPO (DERPO) for project number F130013  which is a project split between the ARPO and the DERPO. The project list can be found here: Aviation ,  Bicycle and PedestrianHighway

The ARPO RTAC approved the Regional Impact local input methodology scores and Regional Impact local input points on April 25, 2018.  The list can be found here.

The ARPO RTAC gave final approval to the P 5.0 Methodology on July 26, 2017.  The Methodology had to go back to the RTAC for approval after formatting revisions were made..  It was approved again on February 21, 2018. Here is the approved Methodology.

The ARPO RTAC gave final approval to the P 5.0 project lists on July 26, 2017.  Here are the project lists: Aviation, Bike and Pedestrian, Ferries, Highway, and Transit.

The ARPO RTAC tentatively approved project list was open for public comment  from May 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017.  Here are the project lists: Highway, Aviation, Bicycle and pedestrian, Ferry, and Transit.


 Public Notice Prioritization 4.0    Complete

The project list public comment period was open from September 15, 2015 through October 15, 2015 and the project list was given final approval by the ARPO RTAC on October 21, 2015. The P4.0 project list can be found here.  Please note this is the not the full list of projects within  ARPO jurisdiction as NCDOT Division 1 entered some of them and was required to hold their own public comment period on projects they entered.

The ARPO’s public comment period. for our Methodology for P4.0. was  open from November 6, 2015 through  December 6, 2015 and approved by the ARPO TAC Board on January 27, 2016. Our approved methodolgy can be found here:

Here is the ARPO’s  project scoring which will be used to allocate our local input points on Regional (April 27, 2016) and Division (August 24, 2016 -This meeting has been moved to September 28, 2016 due to changes in the SPOT office schedule) projects as outlined in our adopted Methodology.

Here is the ARPO’s list of Regional  highway projects which were assigned local input points on April 27, 2016.

Here is the ARPO’s list of Division category projects which were assigned points on September 28, 2016.

Here are the projects funded in the “Division Needs” and here are the projects funded in the “Regional Impact” in P4.0.  The 2018-2027 Draft STIP will be released in January 2017 and, at that time, we will know when these projects will be programmed for construction.