Rural Planning Organization (RPO) Coordination
Terry Gladden, Transportation Manager 2
The Regional Planning Rural Office consists of two Sections: Needs Assessment Section and Consultation Section
The Needs Assessment Section
Rusty Staggs, Transportation Manager 1
The Consultation Section
Paula Strauss, Transportation Manager 1
The Rural Planning Organization Section is responsible for the coordination of the long range transportation planning process in the state’s 12 RPOs as set forth in TDOT’s long range transportation plan.
The purpose of the RPOs is to involve local officials in multi-modal transportation planning through a structured process. Our goal is to ensure quality, competence, and fairness in the transportation decision making process.
The state's 12 RPO's are Center Hill, Dale Hollow, East Tennessee North, East Tennessee South, First Tennessee, Middle Tennessee RPO, West Tennessee RPO, Northwest Tennessee, South Central East, South Central West, Southeast Tennessee, and Southwest Tennessee.
The RPO will consider multi modal transportation needs on a local and regional basis; review long-term needs as well as short-term funding priorities; and make recommendations to TDOT.