Blueprint for NC Transportation Future

Blueprint for NC transportation future: tell the state what you believe to be the most important course for planning and funding transportation improvements by taking the 2040 plan survey.

The previous update of NCDOT’s Statewide Transportation Plan in 2004 established targeted investments for maintaining, preserving, modernizing and expanding our transportation system. It also formally introduced the North Carolina Multimodal Investment Network (NCMIN), which set a framework for establishing the needs of each transportation type (mode), estimating the impacts of congestion within certain areas of the state, and allocating current and future funds. In addition, the concept of Strategic Highway Corridors (SHC) was developed, establishing a key network of roadways critical for statewide and/or regional mobility.

The 2040 Plan focuses on the policies and programs that are needed to enhance safety, improve mobility and reduce congestion for North Carolinians, as well as addresses all types (modes) of transportation for which NCDOT has responsibility: highways, aviation, ferries, rail, bicycling, walking, ports and public transit.

Key Goals of the 2040 Plan

  • Establish a clear understanding of the challenges that will affect transportation in the future.
  • Update prior projections of future transportation funding needs and compare those needs to expected revenues to identify the funding gap.
  • Determine the performance standards that will be used to estimate needs.
  • Expand the Strategic Highway Corridors to fully encompass a multimodal transportation system that includes highways, passenger and freight rail, public transportation, bicyclists, aviation, ferries and pedestrians.
  • Look beyond the gas tax to establish a set of long-term financial strategies that recognize the likelihood that the gas tax will be insufficient as a primary source for funding future transportation projects.
  • Identify any opportunities that would support NCDOT’s long-range plans.
  • Clearly link North Carolina’s long-term transportation investment strategies to jobs, economic opportunities, and both environmental and financial sustainability.
  • Improve NCDOT’s program delivery processes to fully leverage relationships with its public and private partners.