Project Prioritization: Regional Transportation Planning Activities

RPOs conduct a variety of planning activities as part of their rural transportation work programs.  Most of the regional planning activities consider multiple modes, with the most common modes being highways and bridges, bicycle and pedestrian transportation, and public and human services transportation.  However, some regions do consider ports, rail, aviation, and intermodal passenger and freight in their planning efforts as well, depending on the nature of their planning contract with the state DOT and the facilities that exist in the region.  The most common activities frequently occur in support of the state DOT’s processes to develop the statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) or long-range transportation plan.  These activities include:

  • Public involvement, 87 percent
  • Technical assistance to local governments, 85 percent
  • Facilitating rural local official participation in the statewide planning process, 78 percent
  • Transportation enhancements, 77 percent
  • Develop a regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) or provide local priorities for consideration in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), 71 percent
  • Safe Routes to School, 61 percent
  • Develop a rural long-range plan, 57 percent
  • Bike/ped safety, 55 percent
  • Human services transportation planning, 55 percent
  • Public transportation planning, 52 percent
  • Data collection, 48 percent
  • GPS points and GIS mapping support, 46 percent
  • Land use planning, 46 percent

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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