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Creating a Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO)

March 2018 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar. 

Webinar Description
In this webinar, applicants were provided with an overview of the FHWA funded RTPO Fact Sheets: an RTPO 101 series and an RTPO Noteworthy Practice, as well as, case studies (including tips and tricks on creation of an RTPO) from Ohio and Washington.

Webinar Outcomes

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants were able to:

  • Identify noteworthy practices in regional transportation planning
  • Summarize how to start an RTPO from scratch: Ohio Case Study
  • Differentiate between an MPO and RTPO: Washington Case Study
  • Illustrate how to incorporate locals into the decision-making process when creating an RTPO: Washington Case Study
  • Identify answers to the questions submitted to the panel

Target Audience
This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants had some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenters

Steven Gayle, Director, RSG 

  • Steven is a Director at RSG. He has a national reputation in metropolitan and statewide transportation planning as a practitioner, educator, facilitator, and policy analyst. He spent 30 years at the Binghamton (NY) Metropolitan Transportation Study, 25 as Executive Director. He was involved in all aspects of planning and programming. Steven has expertise in safety planning, performance-based planning and programming, and in freight planning. He is a certified instructor for the National Highway Institute. He is a past International President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Outside of the office, Steven is a member of the Gilbertsville NY Fire Department, where he has practiced rural EMS since 1981.

Scott Phinney, Administrator, Ohio DOT

  • Scott Phinney serves as the Administrator over the Ohio DOT (ODOT) Office of Statewide Planning & Research. His Office performs ODOT’s long range planning, research, and transportation demand modeling functions. Scott has been with ODOT for 25 years serving both at one of ODOT’s local district offices and ODOT headquarters in Columbus. Scott is a member of the TRB Committee on Statewide Multimodal Planning (ADA-10) and a licensed professional engineer in Ohio. Scott has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University. 

Matt Kunic, Manager of the Tribal and Regional Coordination Office, Washington DOT

  • Matt is the Manager of the Tribal and Regional Coordination Office within the Washington State DOT Multimodal Planning Division, which has oversight of the MPO/RTPO programs and leads WSDOT’s MAP-21 collaboration with MPOs/RTPOs. In his current role working with Regional Transportation Planning Organizations in Washington and in his previous role working with a Rural Planning Organization and transit authority in North Carolina, bringing the state, regions, and locals together to ensure a coordinated and collaborative process has been of utmost importance. Matt will show some of the similarities and differences between MPOs/RTPOs in Washington, along with explaining how the state, regions, and locals are involved in decision-making processes at an RTPO.