TDOT administers funding for Rural Planning Organizations.
Rural Planning Organizations are multi-county organizations made up of chief local elected officials, county superintendents, and regional transit officials, among others, as well as a state Senator and Representative from each region’s legislative delegation.
The RPOs are a natural evolution of the nine Regional Working Groups
created by TDOT in 2003 to help steer the State Long Range Transportation
Plan. Many participants wanted an ongoing way to participate in
The RPOs are also linked closely with the state’s nine economic development districts, in recognition of the fact that the need for economic and community development drives many of the transportation improvements in rural Tennessee counties.
Rural Planning Organizations work with TDOT to review near-term and long-term needs on a local and regional basis for highways, transit, rail, bike/pedestrian and waterways. They also participate in the development of the state’s 3-Year Program by making recommendations to TDOT on funding priorities.
Goals of the RPO program:
For more information about this program visit www.tennessee.gov/tdot/longrange/rpo/default.htm.