East Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO)

 
 
The East Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) fulfills a federal mandate that requires state departments of transportation to establish a consultation process for rural elected officials on transportation issues.

The RPO is structured similar to a Metropolitan Planning Organization with a Policy Committee as well as a Technical Advisory Committee. The region is divided into three smaller RPO districts with Policy and Technical Advisory Committees meeting on a quarterly basis. The mayors and representatives of the county commissions serve on the RPO District Policy Committees along with ALDOT representatives. Each member jurisdiction also appoints representation to the Technical Advisory Committee. 
 
The Northern District encompasses Etowah and Cherokee Counties. 
The Central District encompasses Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, and Talladega Counties. The Southern District encompasses Chambers, Coosa, Randolph, and Tallapoosa Counties. The Northern District is served by ALDOT North Reigon, Guntersville Area, District V, while the Central and Southern Districts are served by ALDOT East Central Region, Alexander City Area, Districts I and II.

NEWS

The 2015 Alabama Transportation Planners Association conference was held on March 17th and 18th in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Click here for highlights and information presented at the conference.

Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO: View an archived webinar of a workshop which provided a forum for information exchange on approaches to evaluating and mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events on transportation infrastructure.

An Economic Analysis of Transportation Infrastructure Investment

Check out the U.S. Cluster Mapping website, a national initiative that provides open data on regional clusters and economies to support U.S. business, innovation and policy.  Here users will find interactive, robust data and tools to understand clusters and regional business environments, improve institutions, and locate appropriate partners across the country.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Investments

U.S. DoT Issues Rearview Camera Rule: Click here to read a summary or here for the Rule.

H-GAC Releases Instant Impact Guide: Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), in partnership with Better Houston, has published Instant Impact Guide: Simple, Cost-Effective Ideas for More Vibrant, Pedestrian-Friendly Streets. The Instant Impact Guide incorporates ideas that are relatively quick to implement and can help build momentum for improving your community's pedestrian, bicycling, and economic revitalization goals. Many projects outlined in the guide can also serve as test cases for potential projects before they are implemented permanently. The guide is available HERE.
RESOURCES

The following websites provide useful information concerning rural transportation issues:

Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscape (MAPS)
MAPS Tool

RuralTransportation.org

ALDOT

US DOT

University Transportation Center for Alabama
FHWA has initiated the Peer to Peer Program as a form of form of technical assistance for local and rural highway agencies to adequately address safety problems on the roads they maintain. Experts with knowledge in various local and rural road safety issues volunteer their time to provide assistance to their peers requesting help. Whatever the safety issue your local agency is facing, there is a Peer ready and willing to help. Peer to Peer Program.


DOCUMENTS
FY 2014 RPO Meeting Dates
FY 2013 RPO Meeting Dates
FY 2011 RPO Meeting Dates

During our quarterly RPO meetings, we generally present information concerning a specific transportation topic to our member governments. These presentations and handouts are linked below:

Surface Transportation Authorization Update - January 2011

Highway Trust Fund update

Access Management Handbook

Transportation Enhancements

Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program

In an effort to keep our member governments informed of current happenings, we periodically send mailings between our regularly scheduled Rural Planning Organization meetings. These mailings discuss issues directly related to the interests of our local governments. We will also post these documents on the website.

ARCHIVED DOCUMENTS

MEETING MINUTES

Central District Meeting Minutes

Northern District Meeting Minutes

Southern District Meeting Minutes

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information regarding East Alabama RPO, contact:

Dawn Landholm, AICP
Principal Planner
Email: dawn.landholm@earpdc.org

Telephone: 256/237-6741
If calling after hours, leave message at extension:
148 - Dawn Landholm
Fax: 256/237-6763

Mailing address:

East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
P.O. Box 2186
Anniston, AL 36202

Street Address:

Quintard Tower, Suite 300
1130 Quintard Avenue
Anniston, AL 36201
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