2022 — A Big Year for Multimodal Transportation in N.C.
RALEIGH – North Carolina saw significant improvements to bicycle, pedestrian, public transit, and our multimodal transportation network in 2022.
The following are a few of this year’s highlights for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Mobility Division (IMD), the unit that oversees the state’s bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit programs:
- The division was awarded nearly $25 million in Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, grants. The money will pay to transform a busy corridor in Rutherford County to improve mobility for bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users. The grants will also fund the planning and preliminary design of mobility hubs in seven central North Carolina communities along the S-Line passenger rail corridor. The mobility hubs bring together public transportation, bicycle, pedestrian, and ride-sharing services in one location so people can get where they need to go without a private vehicle. The goal is for people to be able to hop off the train at a mobility hub and catch a bus or walk to a local restaurant, or bike to work.
- The division released updated guidance on the agency’s Complete Streets policy, which requires transportation projects to include appropriate multimodal facilities when bicycle, pedestrian, and transit needs are identified. IMD staff reviewed over 450 transportation projects in 2022 to identify multimodal needs and ensure projects are scoped properly to address those needs.
- The division released a web-based tool that helps identify areas of disadvantage as part of NCDOT’s effort to eliminate disparities for the state’s nearly 1 million people without a vehicle. The N.C. Equity and Transportation Disadvantage Screening Tool was created to help inform decisions that will improve disadvantaged communities’ access to transportation.
- IMD also gave away nearly 20,000 bicycle helmets to organizations statewide and participated alongside hundreds of students and parents in two Walk and Roll to School events. Both initiatives promote safety and using healthy ways to get around.
To learn more about these and our other year’s highlights, please watch the NCDOT’s Integrated Mobility Division’s 2022 Year in Review video.