MPO Plans & Programs

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP is the method by which the state organizes funding information and schedules for the various transportation divisions (e.g. highways, rail, enhancements, bicycle and pedestrian, etc.)  The state TIP Unit (part of the Program Development Branch) maintains a detailed website for all 14 operational transportation divisions.  The BGMPO is located in Division 7 and is part of the TIP Unit's Western Division.  BGMPO staff have extracted some information pertinent to the BGMPO for you below.  They will also attempt to provide additional information on individual projects as it becomes available.

Title VI Plan

The BGMPO Title VI Plan, adopted August 2019, was developed to guide the MPO in its administration and management of Title VI-related activities that prohibit discriminiation in its programs and services receiving federal funding assistance.  The Limited English Proficiency (LEP) portion of the plan ensures that individuals with limited English proficiency have meaningful access to the transportation planning process.  The Title VI Plan is in compliance with current federal and state guidelines. 

Complaint Procedure

The BGMPO Title VI Plan includes a formal complaint process for anyone who believes he or she has been mistreated or subjected to discrimination in the implementation of its programs, services and activities.

Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro (DCHC) and Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) (2018)

The DCHC/CAMPO MTP Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) identifies highway, public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian projects to be completed within the two MPO’s boundaries in the next 25 years. The sole project included in the MTP that is immediately relevant to the Burlington Graham MPO include planned improvements to NC 54 between Old Fayetteville Road and the DCHC boundary (MTP ID 428).

Orange County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2013)

This plan addresses the transportation needs and recommended improvements in the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) jurisdiction of Orange County through the year 2035. It identifies several roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements that may impact Burlington-Graham MPO.  
Existing Plans Summary                                                                                                                                                               
 
• Increase cross section of Mebane Oaks Road to 24 feet wide between NC 54 and the Alamance County line. This widening would permit turn lanes and wider shoulders for other vehicular needs.

• Establish an express bus service on NC 54 from the Alamance County border to Neville Road (SR 1945).

Graham 2035 Comprehensive Plan (2017)

This plan serves as a guiding policy document for long-term growth in the city of Graham through vision, goals, and strategies. The plan addresses future growth by identifying areas for growth and strategies for attracting business, expanding housing options and public services to meet population growth while maintaining Graham’s historic character, and conserving the natural environment. It notes the importance of access to I-40/85 for people commuting both into and out of Graham and freight operations and plans to develop mixed use commercial development to specific interchange regional nodes along Interstate 40/85.  The plan calls for the City to work with the Burlington Graham MPO directly to develop and implement a City Street Plan and intercity bikeway system.

Alamance County Comprehensive Recreation Master Plan (2017)

This plan is an update to the original 2007 Alamance County Comprehensive Recreation Master Plan, which outlined the County’s recreation needs through 2020 and laid out a plan to meet those needs. The plan provides an overview of changes and upgrades to parks and facilities, conclusions of the Alamance County Recreation & Parks Recreational Needs Survey, and recommendations for facility and park improvements and additions. Major regional improvements include:

• The addition of the Cane Creek Mountains Natural Area- a 600+ acre passive use natural area

• Continued development of the Haw River Land Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail to meet the goal of 31 miles of new trail by 2020 

 Alamance County Land Development Plan (2007)

This plan acts as a guide for making strategic land use decisions resulting in orderly growth and development in Alamance County. The plan analyzed existing conditions, environmental growth factors, and public input to inform goals and growth management policies for long-term land development in the County. Transportation-specific growth management policies include: maximizing the use of existing roads, access management, supporting alternative modes of travel (bicycle, pedestrian, and transit), and improving street network connectivity.

City of Mebane 2040 Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2018)

This plan is a long-range multimodal transportation plan for the City of Mebane that serves as a nonfiscally constrained guide for developing the transportation system to meet the needs of the community. The plan analyzes existing conditions, proposes projects and ranks projects by mode based on mode-specific criteria. Four of the top 12 roadway projects in the plan were included in the most recent BGMPO CTP, including: South Mebane Oaks Road widening, Mattress Factory Road widening, Buckhorn Road widening, and Mattress Factory Road interchange. The recommended bicycle and pedestrian projects are local projects, mostly drawn from the Mebane Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (2015).

ALAMANCE COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY (ACTA) COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY PLAN (2018)

The ACTA Community Connectivity Plan is a five-year plan to document planned projects in Alamance County and what resources will be required to fund them, developed in coordination with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Public Transportation Division (PTD). ACTA operates demand response transit service in Alamance County. The plan was approved by the Alamance County Transportation Authority Board of Trustees in July 2018. These initiatives include improved service coordination between ACTA, PART, and Link Transit, updating regional transit plans, introducing Saturday service, increasing service in Graham, and increasing service to rural Alamance County communities. Noted disadvantages include cost of additional service and low population density. 

Gibsonville Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan (2015)

This plan outlines the Town’s vision for pedestrian transportation, outlines the existing pedestrian environment, proposes recommendations for the pedestrian network, a review of Town policy and programs, and implementation and funding strategies. The plan focuses on improvements downtown and within Gibsonville, except for a few proposed regional multi-use trail connections. Regional connections recommended included a multi-use trail connection to Elon along NC 100 (Burlington Ave) and connections to Burlington along several routes. 

Downtown Burlington Master Plan (2008)

This plan is meant to serve as an economic development tool for Downtown Burlington. The plan focuses on branding for Downtown, market analysis, recommended physical improvements, and organization. The plan proposes the City create an incentive package to attract investment, including creating a grant program, developing information sheets for underutilized properties, and developing special financing for purchase and rehabilitation of structures.

Destination Burlington, City of Burlington, NC Comprehensive Plan (2015)

This plan documents the City of Burlington’s vision for the community’s next 20 years by identifying and prioritizing goals and providing recommendations on strategies to implement these goals. The plan highlights Burlington’s role as the largest city in Alamance County and central economic hub between the Piedmont Triad and Research Triangle. The plan recommends focusing regional commerce at interstate exits to support the retail and services that attract people from the surrounding area and support the local economy, while maintaining roads in the City for residents.

Piedmont Triad Freight Study

This study aims to understand the current movement of freight within and through the Triad. The background notes that the Triad is one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics clusters including I-85/I-40 being a major hub in both the North and South. Highest concentration of freight is in Guildford County followed by Forsyth and Alamance. This study mentions goals from the Piedmont Together Plan specifically ‘Maintain and enhance the region’s competitive edge as a freight transportation and logistics hub on the Eastern Seaboard.’ The freight facilities for BGMPO: Major Shipper (61%), Retail (28%), Distribution Center (8%), Intermodal Facility (3%). This accounts for 13% of the Triad’s freight. The study identifies long-term freight trends: increased freight flows as NC’s population increases; need for freight supporting policies and multimodal infrastructure investments to provide economic competitiveness.

Mebane Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Plan (2014)

This plan identified parks and recreation needs within Mebane through an inventory, public input, and a facility standard. Public surveys identified that there is great interest in more walking/biking trails throughout Mebane. The plan recommends partnering with other local and regional recreation providers. The plan identifies first-five-year priorities including: expanding trails at Lake Michael; develop Master Plan for community greenways; purchase property and construct a community park; develop phase one of Turner Road Park (a new district park).

Greensboro Urban Area MPO MTP 2040 (2013)

This plan provides an assessment of future area transportation needs and a fiscally constrained plan to fulfill federal requirements for the Long-Range Transportation Plan. The Action Plan chapter lists all policy and action item recommendations for the MTP. The plan reinforces other plans within the recommendations—stressing the importance of coordination between different municipalities and government organizations (Greensboro, GUAMPO, NCDOT, GTA, Counties, etc.). 

Greensboro Urban Area MPO CTP (2014)

This CTP lists a series of recommendations for each mode of transportation within the MPO, unlike the MTP this plan is not fiscally constrained. The recommendations include converting US 70 from Burlington Road to Mount Hope Church Road from a 5 lane to a 4-lane divided.

Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO CTP (2017)

The CTP outlines many recommendations for the projected community transportation needs by 2040. These recommendations are not fiscally constrained and include widening I-40 to 6 lanes from I-85 through Orange and Durham Counties; widen US-70 to 4-lane divided with bike lanes and sidewalks from I-85 to US-70 ALT. 

Capital Area MPO & Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO MTP (2018)

This most recent MTP emphasizes investment in transit while still investing significantly in roadway connections. The major roadway projects include widening I-40, I-85, and US-401. The MTP also references the Raleigh-Charlotte Amtrak (which stops in Burlington) and the future potential for a highspeed rail corridor (while not identifying any specific actions or investments in it).

Piedmont Together Comprehensive Regional Plan (2011)

Developed in partnership with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) with a grant from HUD, this plan focuses on equitable prosperity for the Piedmont Triad region (including Alamance and Guilford counties). This plan provides succinct details on current and projected equity issues within this area as well as goals and objectives for addressing them. The major concern this plan notes is the correlation between commuting distance and percent of income spent on transportation. Within the transportation section, there are a series of important strategies including: identify a regional transportation network that connects urban centers to small towns; invest in multiple modes of transportation for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders as part of the roadway network