STRATEGIC OFFICE TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIZATION (SPOT)
The Strategic Prioritization Process is a data-driven, transparent method for prioritizing transportation projects and is used to develop the State Transportation Improvement Programs/ 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.
Currently, the round of prioritization is in P5.0 to update the 2020-2029 STIP/MTIP. The Wilmington MPO is allowed to submit 19 projects for each mode. The MPO Board has approved the project lists at their June, July, and August 2017 meetings. From October 2017 – February 2018, the SPOT office from NCDOT will review and calculate scores for all projects.
HOW IT WORKS
Projects receive a percentage of available revenue in the following three categories: Statewide Mobility (40%), Regional Impact (30%), and Division Needs (30%). The Statewide Mobility projects are 100% data driven and selected based on quantitative scores. Regional Impact projects focus on improving connectivity within regions (7). Selection is based on 70% data and 30% local input. Division Needs projects focus on addressing local needs, and selection is based on 50% data and 50% local input. The Wilmington MPO along with NCDOT Division 3 will assign local input points to the Regional Impact and Division Needs tier projects based on approved methodology. This assignment will take place in the Spring and Fall of 2018. Projects with the highest scores will have a greater chance of being programmed into the STIP/MTIP.