Piedmont Together Comprehensive Regional Plan

Transportation

Overview

Vision

In the future, the Piedmont Triad should have the infrastructure for multiple safe, efficient, and affordable modes of travel throughout our communities and across the region. Freight movement in the region will remain a driving economic force. To protect this asset, the region includes freight movement in the planning and prioritization of the regional transportation infrastructure. Providing more transportation options on a regional scale will help us maintain minimal congestion and create new advantages to provide an attractive lifestyle and a welcoming environment for businesses to thrive and create more job opportunities. 

Regional Advantage

Everyone living in the Piedmont Triad should be able to exercise their right to invest in a home in a location of their choice while having the freedom to travel about the region to access jobs and economic opportunity. The region is positioned mid-point along the Atlantic coast, with close proximity to numerous ports, several interstates cross the region, and our highways are not congested. Providing more transportation options on a regional scale will help us maintain minimal congestion and create new advantages to provide the choices and redundancies necessary to support commerce and a robust middle class.  

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Strategies

Provide more transportation choices through the development of safe, reliable, and economical transportation infrastructure and services to decrease household transportation costs, reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, and promote public health.

Establish and enhance a robust network of multi-modal transportation choices at the statewide, regional, county and municipal levels involving highways, passenger and freight rail, regional and local transit, streets, para-transit services, sidewalks, cycling infrastructure, and recreational trails and greenways.

  • Identify a regional transportation network that focuses on the movement of goods and people connecting urban centers to small towns, and the region to the State and beyond.
  • Request MPOs and RPOs to adopt the Sustainable Street Network Principles developed by the Congress for New urbanism as a framework for developing street networks in local communities.
  • Request MPOs, RPOs, cities and towns to adopt the North Carolina Complete Streets Manual as a policy statement for the decision making process to enhance transportation infrastructure in local communities.
  • Request MPOs and RPOs to develop Long Range Transportation Plans that focus on the integration of multi-modal transportation infrastructure with the location of housing and job centers.
  • Update the Regional Transit Development Plan and revisit funding and implementation priorities. To go http://www.partnc.org/rtdp.html for more detail.
  • Encourage each community to develop a comprehensive mobility transportation network tailored to their needs that integrates with the regional network.

Conduct local research and education on the benefits of a multimodal regional network.

  • Conduct a study on the economic benefits resulting from the development of fixed-guideway systems within the region.
  • Conduct a study that addresses the potential health benefits and cost savings from the development of more sidewalks, bike lanes, and expansion of transit service.
  • Develop and distribute an educational toolkit promoting the benefits of a robust multimodal network on energy independence, improving air quality, public health and economic development.
  • Establish a citizen's advocacy group to promote the benefits of public transit.

Establish a structure to locally fund and promote the development of a regional transportation network.

  • Establish a locally dedicated funding source for transportation infrastructure improvements.
  • Invest in multiple modes of transportation for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders as part of the roadway network.
  • Support the use of PART funding mechanisms (sales tax, vehicle registration fee) for mobility infrastructure improvements.

Increase options for daily transportation needs for a health conscious transportation system through the creation of walkable and bikeable communities.

  • Create incentives for people to walk, bike and use public transit as part of their transportation options.
  • Within town and city centers, concentrate on providing the safe infrastructure for walking and cycling as a means of daily transportation, not just recreation.
  • Reconfigure existing road infrastructure so that it is hospitable for modes of transportation other than the automobile.
  • Reestablish historical patterns of mixed land uses within walkable distances with increased connectivity to create an environment in which walking and biking is a social norm.
  • Encourage communities to adopt the NCDOT Complete Streets manual.

Evaluate the roles and responsibilities of existing transportation organizations and agencies in order to be competitive for federal and state funding, reduce redundancies in planning and operations, and be better stewards of transportation resources.

  • Define roles among NCDOT, PART, MPOs and RPOs to streamline transportation planning and funding reflective of organizational mission and responsibilities.
  • Study the potential benefits of creating a regional MPO.
  • Develop a list of regionally significant projects that are managed or coordinated by PART.

Maintain and enhance the region's competitive edge as a freight transportation and logistics hub along the Eastern Seaboard by focusing on facilities and infrastructure planning, improving coordination and cooperation among stakeholders.

Develop a comprehensive vision for freight infrastructure in the region.

  • Convene a Freight Roundtable consisting of key stakeholders.
  • Prepare educational materials related to freight infrastructure for planners and elected officials.
  • Develop a freight component for the Regional Travel Demand Model.
  • Establish regional freight infrastructure improvement priorities.

Develop a multimodal freight network strategy in the region designed to create, protect and maintain transport links, connecting intermodal facilities and appropriate modes, both public and private. As an example, the hub transport hub at Memphis includes water, air, truck and rail intermodal facilities. The various independent facilities are tied together by excellent roads so that the freight flows that have to move from one facility to another can do so with minimal problems.

  • Conduct a feasibility study to identify the location and operational characteristics for a multimodal freight facility in the region.

Maintain a low level of traffic congestion in the region along Unlimited Truck Routes.

  • Identify, communicate and employ mitigation techniques along alternate routes to redirect traffic during times of high congestion.
  • Utilize NCDOT message boards within the region to facilitate the efficient movement of traffic along the system of alternate routes in response to accidents, construction and other incidents which create congestion.
  • Incorporate Smart Road Technology in the planning and design of future truck routes.
  • Lower automobile VMT's through the expansion of public transit, car pool, van pooling and ride sharing.

Expand logistics educational and career opportunities for the Piedmont Triad workforce.

  • Establish a local scholarship and/or Two & Two program for Logistics students.
  • Expand the capacity of the local education system to accommodate more students and degree offerings.
  • Continue to foster the relationships among the educational institutions and freight carriers.
  • Promote Logistics as a career path beginning at the high school level.

Accomplishments

The Transit Alliance of the Piedmont has formed to promote transit.
The regional transportation network has been identified.
Transportation planners are integrating freight movements into the regional travel demand model.