Rural Regional Transportation Plan

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The Draft Public Involvement Plan is available to review!
Take a look and provide your feedback before it goes before the Board for approval in September 2021!

For the next two years, and under the task handed down by the District Three of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), our staff at ECRC will be gathering the input of rural communities in Northwest Florida. By reaching out to the rural local governments and bringing the region's rural communities together to discuss and collaborate, we will create a document outlining the transportation needs of these rural areas. The finished product will be referred to as the Regional Rural Transportation Plan (RRTP). The plan will function similarly to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), a document produced for the region's Transportation Planning Organizations (TPOs). An example of those documents can be found here on the Florida-Alabama LRTP page. The RRTP will include a Needs Plan List and a corresponding interactive map that identifies all proposed improvements and meets the goals of the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP). 

Project Overview
The RRTP will cover a 20-year planning horizon and serve as a blueprint for maintaining and enhancing the regional rural transportation system. Systems such as roadway, bicycle/pedestrian, freight, and any other way people move in the rural areas. It also prioritizes short- and long-range projects for consideration in the FDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). This annually updated program allocates state funding over five years. The RRTP will outline how the projects are identified and in what ways they meet the regional vision.

The plan covers areas generally rural in nature. It includes portions of a 7-county territory primarily bordering the existing, urbanized Metropolitan Planning Areas:
· Escambia
· Santa Rosa
· Okaloosa
· Walton
· Holmes
· Washington
· Bay

Project Timeline
Click below to view the timeline!

RRTPO Timeline

Your Voice
This plan is made for you and with you. Rural transportation needs are growing, and we thank you for welcoming us to your table to solve problems. The RRTP seeks to elevate the voice of rural communities and ensure those transportation needs are captured in the more extensive STIP outlined above. With your help, the RRTP aims to maximize our conversations with you, the public, and local governments while documenting your needs when developing future transportation plans.

Your support is vital to the success of Florida’s Regional Rural Transportation Plan.
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Why make the RRTP?
In 2018, FDOT identified a need for Rural Transportation Planning by specifying the following: "TPOs are encouraged to plan for and coordinate with rural governmental entities both within their planning boundaries as well as those areas outside of the current boundaries that are impacted by transportation movements between regions."

Planning Progress
In 2020, the Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC) developed a Phase I plan to help inform rural communities of this new initiative. Phase I included collecting data about the rural populations, establishing and surveying stakeholders, and outlining priority areas. Throughout the first phase, we focused on transportation patterns between the rural regions and the Metropolitan Planning Areas for the three TPOs. Finally, phase I wrapped up with a compiled list of recommendations and conclusions. 

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