The top 2019 multimodal projects in five categories – Urban, Suburban, Rural, Tourism and Innovation – were honored April 3, 2019, at an awards luncheon hosted by NCDOT and co-hosted by NC Go!, the North Carolina Triangle Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar and the N.C. State University Institute for Transportation Research and Education.
Urban Category Winner
LYNX Blue Line Extension Light Rail Project
Charlotte Area Transit System
The Blue Line Extension added 9.3 miles of rail, 11 new light rail stations and 3,100 parking spaces. It spans from Center City Charlotte to UNC-Charlotte Main Station and added 4 miles of road improvements, 8 miles of bicycle facilities and 10 miles of pedestrian accommodations. It has reduced traffic congestion, pollution and crashes on the city's roadways. It has also provided health benefits, saved citizens money and provided greater connectivity to the community.
- Charlotte for Charlotte Intermodal Facility
- French Broad River MPO for Craven Street Transportation Improvements
- City of Raleigh for Raleigh Union Station
Suburban Category Winner
Corolla Greenway Project Phase IIICurrituck County
Phase III of the Corolla Greenway project added a 3-mile ADA-accessible extension onto the greenway, and it runs along N.C. Highway 12, where pedestrians formerly shared the road with motor vehicles. Since its completion, it has provided the community with a safer way of travel about the area, while adding more connectivity among residents and visitors.
Rural Category Winner
Downtown Streetscape Project
City of Sanford
This $6.5 million investment into the community has increased Sanford's overall accessibility and aesthetics by improving bicycle, pedestrian and roadway features in downtown. Sanford's Streetscape Project has spurred economic growth and development, stimulated business investments and provided a venue for several new events.
- Burke Flex Bus Services (Western Piedmont Council of Governments)
- GWTA Transfer Center (Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority)
- Granite City Greenway Phase III (Northwest Piedmont Rural Planning Organization)
Tourism Category Winner
G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center
City of Greenville
The G.K. Butterfield Transportation Center serves as a central hub for citizens to use multiple forms of transportation. Since its creation, it has spurred economic development, attracted investments and provide more direct and easier access to the city's services.
- Concord Charlotte Express (Concord Kannapolis Area Transit)
- Albert J. Ellis Airport Redevelopment Project (Onslow County)
- Ocracoke Island Tram System (Hyde County)
Innovation Category Winners
Corolla Village Road Sidewalk
The Corolla Village road sidewalk project added an extension and made improvements to a public beach access in Corolla. It has provided local citizens and visitors a pathway from the sound to the ocean, providing more connectivity in the community.
GoRaleigh Station Renovations
City of Raleigh
Formerly known as Moore Square Transit Mall, the GoRaleigh Station renovations were completed to provide the station much-needed updates since its creation in 1988. The facility is now completely ADA-accessible, and improvements include a pedestrian walkway, renovated public courtyard, new bus lanes with expanded bus platforms, additional seating, real-time video displays, security cameras, and accommodations for new CNG, hybrid, and all-electric buses.
- Long Branch Trail (City of Winston-Salem)
- Howard Coble Intermodal Transportation Center (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)