SOUTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION
The South Central Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SCORTPO) is a new agency of the Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA). SCORTPO administers the regional transportation planning for the ten-county SODA service area in south, central Oklahoma, , which includes Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray and Pontotoc counties in south-central Oklahoma. There are 124 fire departments in the SODA service area.
A Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) is an organization that identifies local transportation needs,conducts planning, assists local governments, and supports the statewide transportation planning process in non-metropolitan regions of a state. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation designates RTPOs in Oklahoma as a method for formalizing the engagement of officials and key stakeholders from rural areas as they incorporate rural transportation needs in the statewide transportation planning process.
Tasks/Functions of SCORTPO
- Preparation of a SODA Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
- Preparation of a SODA Regional Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
- Coordination of local planning, landuse, and economic development
- Provision of technical assistance to local officials
- Participation in national, multi-state, and state policy and planning and development processes
- Facilitation of a forum for public participation in regional and statewide planning
- Coordination of plans and programs with neighboring RTPOs and Metropolitan Planning Organizations and tribal organizations