Wilmington Urban Area

Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Wilmington MPO is the federally-funded federally-mandated regional transportation planning organization for the lower cape fear region.

The WMPO conducted a 16-question survey about transportation issues and services in the greater Wilmington area. The survey ran from May 2013 to November 2013 and had over 4,100 respondents.

Click here to view Survey Results.

Click here to view April 2015 public comment form responses


Why is this important?

Cape Fear Transportation 2040 will be the plan used by federal, state and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years (see right for image of the WMPO planning boundary). The creation of this plan is a requirement in order to secure federal transportation dollars for our region. Cape Fear Transportation 2040 will replace our current plan, Cape Fear Commutes 2035, which will expire in December 2015.

The region has seen a tremendous amount of investments from transportation plans. A few accomplishments from the Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Plan include:

- Gary Shell Cross City Trail construction>
- Wave Transit service to Pleasure Island
- Wave Transit express bus route (108)
- I-140 Wilmington Bypass (to be completed by 2016)
- Hampstead Bypass Draft Environmental Document



What is this plan?

Cape Fear Transportation 2040 is the federally mandated assessment of the current and future transportation needs of people and goods within the Wilmington MPO area. The plan will consider all modes of transportation, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, ferries, bicycles, and even walking. The plan will make specific recommendations for transportation projects and funding sources. Public input is a crucial component in identifying transportation needs and projects to address transportation needs. There is a federal requirement to update this plan every 4 years.

Our current draft plan is viewable here.


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What is the Wilmington MPO?

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (or WMPO) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the greater Wilmington area. MPOs are federally-funded organizations charged with coordinating and planning transportation projects in urbanized areas with more than 50,000 residents. Nationwide there are more than 340 MPOs. The WMPO is one of 17 MPOs in North Carolina.

The WMPO consists of these twelve member agencies:

- New Hanover County
- Brunswick County
- Pender County
- City of Wilmington
- Town of Leland
- Town of Wrightsville Beach
- Town of Carolina Beach
- Town of Kure Beach
- Town of Belville
- Town of Navassa
- Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority
- NC Board of Transportation

For more information on the WMPO visit www.wmpo.org

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