There are eight Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) in Pennsylvania. Federal law does not require a rural transportation planning and programming process, but in Pennsylvania RPOs serve a similar function as MPOs for the rural areas of the state. Federal law requires states to consult and coordinate with local officials in rural areas of the state.

 

RPOs members include:

  County officials

  Representatives of the major modes of transportation

  PennDOT

  Other transportation stakeholders

 

RPOs also develop and maintain a Long Range Transportation Plan of at least 20 years and a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that covers four years. RPOs are supported by Federal and State Planning Funds.

 

Text Box: Map 2: RPOs in Pennsylvania are pictured above.