2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award

posted Sep 25, 2017, 6:47 AM by Mary Peck

The Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO) which is comprised of 16 counties in Western Oklahoma has been awarded a 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for Partnership in Planning.

Award winners received national recognition at the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference in Denver, Colorado, this summer. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards showcased organizations for noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan transportation planning, program delivery and special initiatives.

According to South Western Development Authority (SWODA) Executive Director Debora Glasgow, “The Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards highlight the important results of programs and projects like Partnership Planning. Such initiatives are central to fostering quality of place, facilitating economic vitality and improving mobility in our nation’s communities by promoting effective transportation planning and networks.”

SORTPO is comprised of the following counties: Beckham, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kiowa, McClain, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman and Washita.

The objective of SORTPO is to coordinate with rural stakeholders and the public to compile a statewide list of capacity/mobility projects, develop scoring criteria and prioritize a list of rural roadway projects. Non-highway modes will also be a part of the SORTPO Regional Transportation Plan.

The primary goals of the SORTPO Regional Transportation Plan include enhancement of rural transportation system connectivity, promotion of rural mobility/congestion relief and enhancement of rural transportation safety. When complete, the SOPTPO Regional Transportation Plan will represent ODOT’s long-term transportation goals for rural areas of the state.

For more information about the award-winning Partners in Planning project, contact SORTPO at 580-562-4882.