2012 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

The NADO Research Foundation sponsors an annual award program to honor innovative and excellent approaches to regional transportation planning and program implementation. Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Regional Transportation Award recipients!  Winners will be honored at the Awards Reception at NADO’s National Rural Transportation Conference, to be held in Washington, DC from August 24 – 26, 2011.  The reception will provide an opportunity for all conference attendees to learn more about the winning projects in an informal setting.  This year’s awards recipients are listed below. Click here for the descriptions of the award-winning projects, and recipients’ contact information (PDF).


  • River Valley Regional Commission, Rural Georgia Safe Routes to School Initiative


  • MIDAS Council of Governments, Rural Intelligent Transit Systems
  • Region XII Council of Governments, Regional Retro-reflectivity Compliance
  • Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, Flint River Trail


  • Region Nine Development Commission, Mankato Area Transportation and Planning Study (MATAPS)


  • Mo-Kan Regional Council with Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Government and Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, Northwest Missouri Regional Road Safety Audit Program
  • Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, Regional Sidewalk Assessment

North Carolina

  • Centralina Council of Governments, Lake Norman Regional Bicycle Plan (LNRBP)
  • Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Regional Transit Authority Development and Implementation


  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, The Planning Framework for the Evacuation of the Transportation Needs Populations in Central Ohio


  • North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission, Corridor Safety Analysis

South Carolina

  • Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Cross County Connection
  • Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments, Volunteer Transportation – Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities


  • Brazos Valley Council of Governments, The Brazos Valley Transportation Partnership


  • Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Woodstock Full Circle Electric Trolley


  • Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission, Roanoke Valley Greenways – Interactive Map

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