STRATEGIC PRIORITIZATION OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION (SPOT)
The Strategic Prioritization Process is a data-driven, transparent method for prioritizing transportation projects and is used to develop the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)/ Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), 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.
The project submittal window for Prioritization 6.0 closed July 31, 2020. The WMPO submitted projects from the then adopted MTP, Cape Fear Transportation 2040, through coordination with project partners and NCDOT Division 3. The next steps of the Prioritization process are to be taken by NCDOT to score all projects and program the highest scoring and eligible projects for money at the statewide tier. This task is expected to be completed by Summer 2021. To learn more about the Prioritization 6.0 process, visit NCDOT’s 2023-2032 STIP Development page.
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 WMPO 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/Metropolitan TIP.