This report provides case studies and checklists of possible actions that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), rural transportation planning organizations (RPOs), state departments of transportation (DOTs), local government entities, and other planning partners may take to enhance their partnership efforts. Developed by the NADO Research Foundation in partnership with the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations in January 2009.
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Transportation Planning Bibliography: Rural and Urban Planning Collaboration (PDF)
This annotated bibliography was produced by the NADO Research Foundation and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations as part of a joint research project on rural and small metropolitan transportation planning practices. It is intended to be used as a companion to the Metropolitan and Rural Transportation Planning guidebook.
Rapidly Urbanizing Areas
The 2006 report from FHWA identifies examples of innovative transportation planning practices by states and MPOs that include rural counties and towns in their process. The focus is on rural communities near rapidly growing urbanized areas or small town that are expected to grow to metropolitan levels by the 2010 census.
Achieving a Seamless Transportation System for North Carolina: A Framework for Collaboration (PDF)
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and rural planning organizations (RPOs) outline their strategy for creating and maintaining a high quality of life for all North Carolina citizens by ensuring a high level of mobility for people and freight. Collaboration and communication are essential to both the strategic and tactical goals to resolve immediate challenges and develop long-term solutions. Participants envision a safe, efficient, well-maintained and environmentally sound transportation system capable of meeting both rural and metropolitan needs at the local, regional and statewide level. Published in 2005.
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