The Triangle J Council of Governments has been awarded a 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization (TARPO) Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Framework.
NADO is a Washington, D.C-based association that promotes programs and policies to strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcase organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery, and special initiatives. Such projects are key to fostering quality of place, facilitating economic vitality, and improving mobility in our nation's communities. Award winners will receive national recognition at the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, to occur June 28-30 in Denver, Colorado.
The TARPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Framework came from an identified opportunity to expand current maps of existing bicycle and pedestrian plans in the TARPO area into a regional bicycle and pedestrian planning guide. The final products were a planning guide and accompanying interactive maps, intended to provide high level policy guidance for TARPO local governments developing or updating plans in the future. Since adoption, the framework has been used to prioritize regional projects, leverage funding sources, and expedite similar plans being undertaken by local governments and NCDOT.
"This project is a good example of a collaborative effort that built upon the work already done by our local members", TARPO Principal Planner Matt Day said. "It was able to knit those individual efforts into a stronger, more cohesive whole." For more information on the project, visit the TARPO website here.