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Strategic Plan Survey

This summer, stakeholders and the public are invited to participate in an online survey for the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan.

Development Timeline
  • Spring/Summer 2017: Data collection and analysis
  • May-October 2017: Community meetings
  • Fall/Winter 2017: Develop and present recommendations
  • Winter 2018: Develop Draft/Final Plan
  • Spring 2018: Strategic Plan Conference

*Dates are subject to change

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David Bender
Contracts and Planning Officer
(919) 707-4678
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One of the fastest growing states in the nation, North Carolina is expected to see its population rise to more than 12.5 million people by 2040 – a 32 percent increase from the state's 2010 population.

Consider this as well:

  • Much of that growth will occur in major metropolitan areas, which are projected to house 81 percent of the state's overall population.
  • Smaller communities are expected to see population growth of more than 180,000.

That's why it is crucial that North Carolina's public transportation systems keep up with the changing population and connect residents in urban and rural areas to opportunities and services such as jobs, higher education, healthcare and recreation.

The Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan will help public transit systems keep pace with growth through improved partnerships and recommendations for strategic transit investments that build upon the success of the state's transit systems.

Developing the Plan

Partnerships between the N.C. Department of Transportation and local governments, regional authorities and other state agencies have been the source of North Carolina's transit success. Currently under development, the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan will build upon that success by creating the foundation for reinvigorated state and local transit partnerships.

The plan is being developed cooperatively with communities across the state, as well as transit users, providers and nonprofits.

Developing the plan involves:

  • A comprehensive outreach and engagement effort
  • An analysis of the statewide public transportation needs and gaps in service
  • Recommendations to meet the needs and close the gaps
  • A roadmap to achieve the vision
  • Short-term and long-range recommendations to improve North Carolinians' access to opportunities

Outreach & Engagement

Citizens can get involved in developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan through several public outreach and engagement activities across North Carolina. These will include:

  • Community workshops to get feedback from the transit industry and other important groups
  • Interactive online activities and information for the public to learn more about the strategic plan and to share their ideas
  • A public transportation strategic plan conference in spring 2018, during which state leaders and key decision-makers will learn about final recommendations

In addition to public outreach, the N.C. Department of Transportation will hold other activities for transportation providers, nonprofits and decision-makers. These include:

  • Project committee meetings aimed at building partnerships and shaping the strategic plan's messages and key recommendations
  • Stakeholder interviews to give key decision-makers opportunities to share their views for enhanced transit service and their benefits to the public

Community Workshops

Stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. Each community’s workshop presentation is available for review below.

Community Date & Time Location
Northeastern North Carolina Oct. 2
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pitt County Agricultural Extension Auditorium
403 Government Circle
Suite 2
Greenville, NC 27834
Southeastern North Carolina Oct. 4
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bladen Community College Auditorium
7418 Highway 41 West
Dublin, NC 28320
Technology Oct. 5
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Research Triangle Foundation
Meeting Rooms A&B
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709
Triangle Oct. 5
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Research Triangle Foundation
Meeting Rooms A&B
12 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709
Charlotte/Gastonia/Kannapolis Oct. 16
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College – South Campus
Building 1000 (Main Building)
Rm 106 (Community Room)
1531 Trinity Church Road
Concord, NC 28027
Northern Mountains Oct. 17
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Blue Ridge Energy
2491 U.S. 421 South
Boone, NC 28607
Land Use Oct. 18
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation
Board Room
107 Arrow Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
Piedmont Oct. 18
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation
Board Room
107 Arrow Road
Greensboro, NC 27409
Southern Mountains Oct. 19
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Conference Center Room B
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801

Documents & Resources

May 2017 Community Workshop Presentations

Transit History

The N.C. General Assembly created the state's Public Transportation Division in 1974 to foster the development of intercity, urban and community public transportation for all those who live and work in North Carolina.

The N.C. Department of Transportation's last public transportation strategic plan was the Transit 2001 Commission report, dated January 1997, that stated:

"Transportation alternatives are essential to our future. The issue is not highways or transit. We must have a transportation system which embraces various modes and alternatives if we are to move goods and people safely and conveniently."

In response to the Transit 2001 Commission's recommendations, the state and local governments made capital and operating investments that established transit systems in North Carolina's 100 counties. This led to North Carolina's urban transit ridership becoming the fastest growing in the Southeast.