Non-Highway Projects & Planning


Burlington Recreation and Parks Master Plan (2012)

This plan is an update to the original 1994 Master Plan and is intended to provide the City with recommendations for City parks and recreation through 2020, based on updated demographic information, facility inventory, and community input. The plan recommends collaborating with state and federal agencies to develop regional trails (e.g. the Mountains-to-Sea Trail along the Haw River) and preserve open space. The plan also recommends developing greenways, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways to connect district parks (Cedarock Park, Haw River Trail, Glencoe, Shallowford) to community parks and destinations. Priorities for facility development include planning an area nature center with support from Alamance County.  


City of Mebane Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan (2015)

This plan is intended to be a guide for future development and implementation of the City of Mebane’s bicycle and pedestrian network. Most of the projects outlined and prioritized in the plan are local bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The plan was funded in part by Burlington Graham MPO and the MPO was identified as a potential partner for future bicycle and pedestrian programming with the City of Mebane.



This study analyzes how to improve the connectivity of all modes to the Burlington Train Station in order to attract riders. The study assessed obstacles to riding the train, identified potential rider markets, and coordinated with stakeholders to identify opportunities to improve connectivity. Final recommendations include exploring the possibility of a rail service app, creating dedicated parking for private transportation providers (e.g. Uber, taxi), and partnering with Elon University to market rail services to students.


Alamance County Trails Plan (2014)

This plan is a long-range plan that aims to identify and prioritize opportunities to create, and provide greater access to, trails and greenways in Alamance County. The plan’s goals include providing more offroad spaces for physical activity, expanding recreation opportunities for all ages, protecting open space, and supporting economic development. The plan provides an inventory of existing trails and overview of priority future trails. Each of the priority trails will provide regional connectivity as follows:

• Great Alamance Creek Trail: connects to Guilford County and several municipalities

• Cane Creek and Cane Mountain Trail: connects to Cedarock Park and Haw River Trail

• Back Creek Trail: connects to Haw River Trail, Duke Forest, and several municipalities

• Haw Creek Trail: connects to the Triangle, Haw River Trail, and several municipalities

• Reedy Fork Trail: connects to Haw River Trail and several municipalities


Elon Bicycle, Pedestrian and Lighting Plan (2008)

This plan identifies and prioritizes proposed improvements to Elon’s bicycle pedestrian, and lighting systems for a 20-year horizon to build a coordinated network of alternative transportation facilities. Plan goals include improving health and air quality, reducing traffic congestion, and improving pedestrian safety and walkability. The plan largely focuses on local projects, such as filling in gaps in the existing sidewalk network and building out the bicycle network. The plan does include a Mountains-to-Sea Trail connector that would provide regional connectivity.


The City of Burlington Greenways and Bikeways Plan (2017)

This plan provides a framework for local and regional agencies to create a connected and comprehensive system of greenways and bikeways in Burlington. The plans goals include enhancing connectivity and health while increasing safety, protecting the environment, and promoting equity. Top priority projects include the Burlington-Elon greenway, Haw River greenway, Springwood-Davidson Greenway and Town and Country Bikeway. 


Pedestrian Master Plan, Burlington, NC (2012)

This plan is a pedestrian plan that aims to promote walkability in Burlington through guidance, tools, and programs for improving the pedestrian network and access to destinations. Goals of the plan include: filling gaps in the existing sidewalk network, increasing the miles of sidewalks as a percent of total City roads, and reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and vehicle miles traveled per year. The plan recommendations include providing a system of sidewalks and greenways with crossing improvements to connect to important destinations.