Kerr-Tar Regional Transportation Planning Organization (KTRPO)

The Kerr-Tar Rural Planning Organization (KTRPO) is the regional planning organization serving Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren Counties along with the 21 municipalities in these counties. The KTRPO is responsible for preparation of the Planning Work Program (PWP) for the five-county region that includes highways, pedestrian walkways, rail systems, airports, and other systems. Along with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the US Department of Transportation, the Kerr-Tar RPO implements a continuing transportation planning process for that gives communities the opportunity to make transportation investment decisions that enhance economic and community development goals.

In 2000, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified the Board of Transportation Reform Bill (House Bill 1304). This bill mandated the North Carolina Board of Transportation to develop a plan to establish Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (RPOs) as counterparts to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPOs).

  • In cooperation with the NC Department of Transportation, develop long-range local and regional multi-modal transportation plans
  • Provide a forum for public participation in the transportation planning process
  • Develop and prioritize suggestions for projects that the organization believes should be included in the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
  • Providing transportation-related information to local governments and other interested organizations and persons.

The KTRPO is comprised of two committees, the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC). The TAC consists of local elected officials and a NC Board of Transportation member. Regular joint meetings are held to support transportation planning activities for the five-county area.

Need more info? Check out our Kerr-Tar COG Transportation Planning 101 presentation below!