The Cape Fear Area Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) is one of twenty multi-county rural transportation planning organizations chartered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Cape Fear Area RPO was established in 2001 through a memorandum of understanding between NCDOT, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender counties, and the Cape Fear Council of Governments. The RPO serves as the intergovernmental organization for local elected officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and residents of the region to work cooperatively to address transportation issues within the Cape Fear RPO boundary (see map below).

The goals and duties of the RPO are to:

  • Develop long-range local and regional transportation plans (highways, railways, aviation and ferries) in cooperation with other area planning organizations and the North Carolina Department of Transportation;
  • Provide a forum for public participation in the rural transportation planning process;
  • Develop and prioritize transportation projects which the RPO believes should be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program;
  • Provide transportation-related information to local governments and other interested organizations and persons; and
  • Conduct transportation related studies and surveys for local governments and other interested entities/organizations.

The governing board of the Cape Fear RPO is the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), a board of county and municipal elected officials from the RPO counties.  The RTAC holds 4-5 meetings per year, as does the Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC), a committee of staff representatives from the RPO counties, municipalities, rural transit systems, Cape Fear Council of Governments, and NCDOT that provides technical recommendations to the governing board.

The next RTCC meeting is scheduled to be held 10:00 AM on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in room 207 at the Brunswick Community College campus in Leland, NC. The next RTAC meeting is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments in Wilmington. Contact RPO Director Allen Serkin about any questions regarding RPO meetings or business.

Allen Serkin

RPO Director
(910) 395-4553, Ext. 206
[email protected]

News & Announcements

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, February 7, 2018

January 18, 2018

Save the date.. the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization’s Technical Coordinating Committee will be meeting at 10 AM in room 207 at the Brunswick Community College – Leland Campus. The agenda packet will be available in the coming weeks.

Cape Fear RPO RTAC meeting Friday, November 17, 2017

November 8, 2017

The Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will be meeting at 9 AM on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments (1480 Harbour Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401). The agenda packet can be downloaded HERE. RTAC members, please RSVP.

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October 25, 2017

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will meet on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM in room 207 at the Brunswick Community College (BCC) Leland campus (2045 Enterprise Dr NE, Leland, NC 28451). RTCC members please RSVP. Agenda packets can be downloaded HERE.

Cape Fear RPO RTAC meeting Friday, August 18, 2017

August 11, 2017

The Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will be meeting at 9 AM on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments (1480 Harbour Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401). The agenda packet can be downloaded HERE. RTAC members, please RSVP.

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July 27, 2017

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will be meeting at 10 AM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Brunswick Community College Leland Campus ( 2045 Enterprise Boulevard, Leland, NC 28451) in room 207. The agenda packet can be downloaded HERE. RTCC members, please RSVP.

Cape Fear RPO RTAC Meeting May 12, 2017

May 5, 2017

The Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will be meeting at 9 AM on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments (1480 Harbour Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401).  The agenda packet can be downloaded HERE.  RTAC members, please RSVP to Allen Serkin.