2020 Mobi Award Winners

The top 2020 multimodal projects in five categories – Urban, RuralTourism, Innovation and Most Voted Project – were honored Aug. 5, 2020, during a virtual ceremony. The event was 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

Craven Street Transportation Improvements 
Nominated by French Broad Metropolitan Planning Organization 

This project connects to the larger greenway network in Asheville. It realigned the street so people could walk, bike or run the greenway while enjoying views of the river, visiting artist studios as well as restaurants, shops and breweries.


 Honorable Mentions

  • GoRaleigh Transit Service Expansion ​

  • University Pointe Boulevard: The I-85 South Bridge ​

Rural Category Winner

Granite ​City Greenway (Phase 3)
Surry County
Nominated by Northwest Piedmont Rural Planning Organization

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.


​Honorable Mentions

  • REACH Transit in Shelby​
  • Surf City Topsail Island Bridge Connector​

Tourism Category Winner

Albert J. Ellis Redevelopment Project 
Onslow County 
Nominated by Onslow County 

Onslow County redeveloped the airport's terminal which has boosted tourism, allowed businesses to expand and increased employment in the area. The airport is now a source of community pride and enhances the county's ability to attract new visitors, businesses and residents.


Honorable Mentions

  • Connecting Great Small Towns 
  • 1st Avenue Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements​

Innovation Category Winners

REACH Transit  
Nominated by Transportation Administration of Cleveland County

REACH Transit is a fixed route that runs in Shelby. Residents use this public transportation lifeline to get to medical facilities and pharmacies, grocery stores, and a community college. Many people were unable to access these places previously. 


Honorable Mentions

  • Craven Street Transportation Improvements  
  • Albert J. Ellis Redevelopment Project 

Most Voted Project Winner

Surf City Topsail Island Bridge Connector  
Surf City
Nominated by the Town of Surf City 

The Surf City Topsail Island Bridge Connector replaced the aging, 1950s-era steel truss drawbridge that served as a critical link between Surf City and Topsail Island. The new bridge has improved traffic flow and helped the local economies by enabling people to more easily access businesses in Surf City and Topsail Island.​


​​Honorable Mentions

  • Thermal Belt Rail Trail: Connecting Great Small Towns


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