The SCADC administers the South Central Alabama Rural Transportation Planning Process under a contract with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the area inclusive of Bullock, Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Macon and Pike Counties. This process is also known as the Rural Planning Organization, or RPO. The purpose of the Rural Transportation Consultation Process is three-fold:
- to establish a continuous and on-going rural transportation planning process similar to the metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) in urban areas;
- to identify the transportation needs and issues of the non-metropolitan areas through a variety of public involvement and awareness efforts; and
- to assist the State of Alabama in the development of the Statewide Transportation Plan (STWP) Update.
This data is then sent to ALDOT in report form each year and is made available to the public through the SCADC website or upon request.
A steering committee, representing each of the six counties served by the SCADC, provides overall guidance for the rural transportation planning process. Each county has three members on the steering committee: a county commissioner, the county engineer, and one municipal elected official. Other steering committee members include representatives from ALDOT Sixth and Seventh Divisions, SCADC, and the South Central Alabama Area Association on Aging. Additionally, advisory committees have been formed and rural transportation stakeholders have been identified in each county. Advisory committee is a local decision, but is generally comprised of representatives of all local governments in the county, the county engineer, boards of education, emergency management, human resources, local industries, chamber of commerce, industrial development board, healthcare, ministerial associations, senior services, non-profit organizations and interested citizens.
The South Central Alabama Rural Transportation Planning Process is open to the public and SCADC maintains a list of stakeholders by county that includes any person who has expressed an interest in rural transportation. SCADC uses these stakeholder lists for notification of rural transportation meetings to assist in the identification of rural transportation needs and issues in the region.
Rural Transportation Guidance Documents:
Rural Transportation Planning Reports:
Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plans:
Rural Transportation Data: