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The Burlington – Graham Metropolitan Planning Organization is the regional transportation agency for Alamance County and portions of Orange and Guilford counties.   The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) specifically, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), is required by 40 CFR 51 and 93 to make a conformity determination on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Plans in the Burlington - Graham region including any newly adopted or amended fiscally constrained Metropolitan Transportation Plans (MTPs) and Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs).  

Transportation-air quality conformity ("conformity") is a way to ensure that Federal funding and approval goes to transportation activities that are consistent with air quality goals.  A conformity determination demonstrates that the total emissions projected for a plan or program are within the emissions limits established by the North Carolina Department of Transportation State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality, and that transportation control measures – specific projects or programs enumerated in the SIP that are designed to improve air quality – are implemented in a timely fashion. 

The Triangle region is required to demonstrate air quality conformity for the Triangle’s MTPs and TIPs.  A portion of the Burlington – Graham MPO (BGMPO) that falls within the Triangle region boundary is currently designated as a “maintenance area” for the 8-hour ozone standard. The BGMPO is one of four organizations that will need to make conformity determinations: 1) Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO; 2) NC Capital Area MPO; 3) Burlington-Graham MPO and, 4) NCDOT (for areas of the air quality region outside of MPO boundaries).

The Research Triangle Region Conformity Determination Report adequately outlines the details of the conformity analysis to the 1997 ozone standards for the Burlington – Graham region and BGMPO 2040 MTP and FY 2020 – 2029 TIP amendments.    

The BGMPO transportation planning documents are listed below:

·         The FY 2020 – 2029 Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) is the ten-year funding and scheduling document for transportation improvement projects (highway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit) using local, state and federal funds. BGMPO 2020_2029_MTIP.pdf

·         The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) as amended lists future highway, bus, transit light rail, bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects to be implemented through the year 2040. MTP_2040_FINAL.pdf

·         The Conformity Determination Report (CDR) demonstrates that the MTIP and MTP comply with federal air quality regulations.  BGMPO_Final_CDR.pdf

Questions can be directed to Wannetta Mallette, wmallette@burlingtonnc.gov,  (336) 513-5418

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