How will the study be managed?
The study will be overseen by a Project Steering Committee (PSC) from the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO). The PSC will provide technical oversight to the Consultant. The PSC will also work with the Consultant to ensure public and stakeholder participation in the study process. Members of the PSC represent the following agencies:
- DCHC MPO
- City of Durham
- Durham City/County Planning
- Town of Chapel Hill
- Chapel Hill Transit
- North Carolina Department of Transportation
Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC)
The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO) is the regional organization responsible for transportation planning for the western part of the Research Triangle area in North Carolina. The DCHC-MPO is an umbrella organization comprised of the MPO Board, a Technical Committee (TC), local governments, and the State. The DCHC MPO Board is a policy body that coordinates and makes decisions on transportation planning issues on behalf of the MPO members.
The DCHC MPO urbanized area includes:
- Durham County (entire county)
- A portion of Orange County including the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough
- Northeast Chatham County
The DCHC MPO is also one of the ten urban areas in North Carolina designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). TMA's are urban areas with a population of over 200,000 people.
DCHC hired WSP (Raleigh, NC office) to conduct the corridor study.
WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. WSP provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment. The company's expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. With approximately 42,000 employees based in more than 550 offices across 40 countries worldwide staff work together to provide the most effective and sustainable solutions for our clients.