Transportation Planning


Transportation is founded in major federal legislation including:

  • Federal-aid Highway Acts of 1962 and 1973

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)

  • 1970 Clean Air Act and Amendments (CAAA)

  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

  • Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA)

  • Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century 1998 (TEA-21)

  • Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)

To reach the transportation goals and objectives, planners along with agents of organizations like the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration work together to meet the travel demand needs of the community. The transportation planning work of the Metropolitan Planning Organization is developed by the Technical Coordinating Committee and is overseen by the Transportation Advisory Committee.

What is an MPO?

The Rocky Mount Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the transportation planning agency serving the City of Rocky Mount, portions of Edgecombe and Nash Counties, the Town of Nashville, and the Town of Sharpsburg. The Rocky Mount MPO covers an area of approximately 198 square miles with 85,000 people. The City of Rocky Mount has served as the Lead Planning Agency for the MPO, which was established in 1992 as the seventeenth North Carolina MPO. After the 2000 Census the MPO boundary was adjusted to include the Town of Nashville. The Town of Sharpsburg was included after the 2010 Census.

Local governments in the MPO are represented by an elected official on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), which is responsible for a continuous,comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning process. Staff members from local planning organizations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration comprise the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC)which reports to the TAC.

The TCC and TAC are responsible for the development of three primary planning documents:

  • Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP, the long-range transportation plan)

  • Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP)

  • Planning Work Program (PWP)

The TCC and TAC meet about four times per year in the Administrative Offices of the City of Rocky Mount. Visit the MPO website (http://www.rockymountnc.gov/mpo/) for more information about the TCC / TAC membership and meeting schedules.

Both the TCC and TAC seek the involvement of the general public to create the transportation plans for the multi-modal transportation system. Thank you for visiting the Rocky Mount MPO website. Email the Principal Transportation Planner for additional information about the MPO.