Rural Planning Organization (RPO)

2022 Fall RPO Meeting Wednesday, December 14th at 10AM EST

RPOs serve a similar function as Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for the rural areas of the state. The purpose of an RPO is to involve local officials in multimodal transportation planning, through a structured process, to ensure quality, competence, and fairness in the transportation decision-making process. RPOs consider multimodal transportation needs on a local and regional basis, review long-term needs as well as short-term funding priorities, and make recommendations to TDOT.

RPOs assist TDOT with the following the duties.

  • Develop, in cooperation with the TDOT, comprehensive transportation plans
  • Provide a forum for public participation in the transportation planning process
  • Develop and prioritize suggestions for projects that the organization believes should be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
  • Provide transportation-related information to local governments and other interested organizations and persons
Office of Community Transportation (OCT) Region 2 Contacts
Andrea Noel | Andrea.Noel@tn.gov | (423) 510-1213
Chanel Hippix | Chanel.Hippix@tn.gov | (423) 510-6921
Kevin Layne | Kevin.Layne@tn.gov | (423) 510-1121

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