• The NCDOT Mobi Awards recognizes projects that showcase the important and transformational role that investments in multimodal transportation – such as bicycle, pedestrian, rail, highway, transit, ferry and aviation projects - play in creating vibrant communities in all parts of North Carolina. 

    Multimodal projects are an important piece of North Carolina's future. They connect people to places, provide alternative modes of travel and make the state more accessible, attractive and competitive. The NCDOT Mobi Awards represent a multimodal focus that is at the heart of the N.C. Department of Transportation's mission to leverage all of the state's transportation infrastructure to ensure a strong economy for future generations.

  • 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



Eligible nominations were made by North Carolina towns, cities, counties, universities/colleges, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), rural planning organization (RPOs), public transportation systems/authorities, airport authorities or councils of government.​

Projects had to have been constructed and put into operation (or service must have started) within the past five years (prior to the application deadline of Dec. 16, 2019).

Projects must have combined two or more of the following modes of transportation:

  • Aviation
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian
  • Ferry
  • Public Transportation
  • Rail
  • Roadway

Award Categories

A winner plus honorable mentions were chosen in each of these five categories:

  • Rural*
  • Urban*
  • Tourism*
  • Innovation
  • Most Voted Project

*The county in which the project is located determined which of these four categories the project competed in (this excludes innovation, which are categories open to all projects). 


Judging Criteria

All projects were entered into a new category this year, Most Voted Project, which allowed the public to vote on a winner and an honorable mention from among the applicants. For the other categories (Rural, Urban, Tourism and Innovation), a panel of experts from across North Carolina evaluated and selected winning projects based on how well the project:

  • Leveraged or spurred other public and private investment beyond the NCDOT investment
  • Boosted economic growth (business, tourism, etc.)
  • Created long-term jobs
  • Improved public health
  • Enhanced the community quality of life
  • Contributed to the community or state in other significant ways


Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Finalist notification: February 2020. The contact person listed for the selected projects in each category will be notified. Two free tickets to the awards luncheon will be provided for each finalist. The winners will be announced at the luncheon. Additional tickets will be available for purchase on a first come first served basis. Finalists must be present at the luncheon to win.

Winners announced: Aug. 5, 2020, noon, via YouTube video

2020 Mobi Awards Ceremony Video
2020 Mobi Awards Ceremony Book
2019 Mobi Award Winners
N.C. County Classifications

Event Hosts


The NCDOT Mobi Awards luncheon is hosted by the N.C. Department of Transportation 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.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are now available until March 25, 2020. To become a sponsor, please fill out this form.


For questions or more information, contact themobi@ncdot.gov

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