FAQ

  • What is an MPO?

    Metropolitan Planning Organizations are part of a federal process to conduct local transportation planning in urbanized areas. The federal government requires urbanized areas to establish a planning process that is Comprehensive, Continuing, and Cooperative (the three C's of transportation planning). The MPO process is required in urbanized areas over 50,000 in population in order to receive federal funding for transportation. The MPO process is a partnership between local and state government to make decisions about transportation planning in urbanized areas and to meet planning requirements established by federal authorizing legislation for transportation funding. For more information, view the organizational structure or the transportation planning process of the MPO.

  • What are the major functions of an MPO?

    MPOs conduct transportation planning in cooperation with the state and federal governments. Cooperatively, the MPO works with the North Carolina Department Of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations (FHWA and FTA) to develop transportation plans, travel models, thoroughfare plans, transit plans, bicycle and pedestrian plans. Also, the MPO works with the state on funding issues for transportation improvements, on project planning issues, and on issues such as environmental impacts and air quality. The MPO also works with local governments to coordinate land use and transportation planning.

  • How are MPOs established?

    All decisions of the MPO are made by the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) with recommendations from the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The current list of members for each organization can be viewed here, and the organizational chart can be viewed here. The membership and voting structures of these committees are established through a Memorandum of Understanding between all of the participating governments. TPB – The policy-making body made up of elected officials from each of the member governments, and the Board of Transportation. TCC – Staff level committee that provides recommendations to the TPB regarding transportation decisions. CAC - Committee comprised of citizens and stakeholders that provides recommendations to the TPB.

  • Who makes decisions for the MPO?

    If you are concerned that the proposed Outer Loop Corridor will affect you or your property, please visit the second floor of the Historic Courthouse located downtown (130 Gillespie Street) and ask for Greg Shermeto or call (910) 678-7615. We have public hearing maps located in our office, or you can also view maps on Exponare to determine whether or not your property is in or near the corridor.

  • Where can I find more demographic information about the area?

    When considering a new home, your real estate agent is obligated to disclose to you any active road projects that the agent either "knows, or should know." To obtain this information, you can contact anyone on the FAMPO Staff to receive more information regarding the Highway Plan and the current Transportation Improvement Program. In addition, you can check Exponare to view current road construction projects at or near your new home.

  • Where can I locate more information regarding the proposed outer loop?

    To change a street name, or create a new street name, you need to come to the Addressing/Street Naming section of the planning department. You will have to fill out a request for the new street name, and the desired street name will need to be approved. No two streets in the county can be redundant or too similar. All property owners along the street will have to approve of the change for it to take place, even if it is a private drive and only one owner is involved. Not all requests will be acceptable or approved. For more information, please call (910) 678-7665 and request the street naming/addressing section, and someone will be able to assist you.

  • I am looking into buying a new home. How can I find out if there is road construction planned for my street?

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  • How do I change the name of my street?

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  • 3-C
    Continuing Comprehensive & Cooperative Planning Process
  • AADT
    Annual Average Daily Traffic
  • AASHTO
    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials
  • ADA
    Americans with Disabilities Act
  • AMPO
    Association of Metropolitan Organizations
  • CAC
    Citizen Advisory Committee
  • CIA
    Community Impact Assessment
  • CIP
    Capital Improvements Program
  • CMS
    Congestion Management System
  • CTP
    Comprehensive Transportation Plan/Community Transportation Program
  • DEIS
    Draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • DOT
    Department of Transportation
  • EA
    Environmental Assessments
  • EDTAP
    Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program
  • EJ
    Environmental Justice
  • EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency
  • FAA
    Federal Aviation Administration
  • FEIS
    Final Environmental Impact Statement
  • FHWA
    Federal Highway Administration
  • FONSI
    Finding of No Significant Impacts
  • FPNP
    Force Protection Needs Plan
  • FRA
    Federal Railroad Administration
  • FTA
    Federal Transit Administration
  • HOV
    High Occupancy Vehicle
  • HSTS
    Human Service Transportation System
  • IHS
    Interstate Highway System
  • ITRE
    Institute for Transportation Research & Education
  • ITS
    Intelligent Transportation System
  • LEDPA
    Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative
  • LOS
    Level of Service
  • MBE
    Minority Business Enterprise
  • MLI
    Minority Low Income
  • MOA
    Memorandum of Agreement
  • MPO
    Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • MSA
    Metropolitan Statistical Area
  • MTIP
    Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program
  • NCBOT
    North Carolina Board of Transportation
  • NCDENR
    North Carolina Department of Environmental & Natural Resources
  • NCDOT
    North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • NEPA
    National Environmental Policy Act
  • NHI
    National Highway Institute
  • NHS
    National Highway System
  • O/D
    Origin & Destination
  • PTD
    Public Transportation Division
  • RFP
    Request for Proposal
  • STIP
    State Transportation Improvement Plan
  • SPOT
    Strategic Prioritization Office of Transportation
  • STP
    Surface Transportation Program
  • TAB
    Transportation Advisory Board
  • TAZ
    Traffic Analysis Zone
  • TCC
    Transportation Coordinating Committee
  • TCM
    Traffic Control Measure
  • TDM
    Transportation Demand Management
  • TIP
    Transportation Improvement Program
  • TMA
    Transportation Management Area
  • TPB
    Transportation Policy Board
  • TSM
    Transportation System Management
  • UZA
    Urbanized Area
  • UPWP
    Unified Planning Work Program
  • VMT
    Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • VOR
    Vehicle Occupancy Rates