Cape Fear Commutes 2035 is a federally-mandated assessment of the current and future transportation needs of people and goods within the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) area.
Cape Fear Commutes 2035 is creating a plan with recommendations regarding how those needs should be addressed over the next twenty-five years. The kick-off for the Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Transportation Plan was held on March 20. This plan will look 25 years into the future and address a broad spectrum of transportation requirements for the entire Cape Fear Region. The plan will include an examination and evaluation of potential highway, rail, bus, maritime, aviation and bicycle and pedestrian projects in New Hanover County and parts of Brunswick and Pender Counties.
The Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Transportation Plan will include extensive public participation. The committee drafting the plan has created a survey and plans to host open houses throughout area communities over the next 12 months to receive citizen transportation recommendations. Residents of the Wilmington region will be able to offer their ideas by attending these meetings or completing the survey. Enthusiastic public participation is essential in preparing a realistic transportation plan.
All area transportation projects funded by the state or federal government must be included in the region’s long-range transportation plan, which is updated every five years. The Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Transportation Plan is a critical component of the long-range plan. The plan will look at the relationship between population growth and the transportation network. It will also look at impacts to quality of life, health and the environment.
Visit www.CapeFearCommutes.org for more information or to complete the survey.