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.

Patrick Flanagan

RPO Director
(910) 395-4553, Ext. 214
[email protected]

News & Announcements

Cape Fear RPO RTAC Meeting Friday, November 22, 2019

November 15, 2019

  The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization’s (RPO) Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) will be meeting at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments (1480 Harbour Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401). The agenda packet can be downloaded from HERE.

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, November 6, 2019

October 30, 2019

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will meet on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 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 Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 3, 2019

The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization’s (RPO) Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) will be meeting at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the NCDOT Division 3 conference room in Castle Hayne (5501 Barbados Blvd, Castle Hayne, NC 28429). The agenda packet can be downloaded from HERE.

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, July 3, 2019

June 27, 2019

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will meet on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 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, May 10, 2019

May 3, 2019

The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization’s (RPO) Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) will be meeting at 9:00 AM on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Cape Fear Council of Governments (1480 Harbour Dr, Wilmington, NC 28401). The agenda packet can be downloaded from HERE.

Cape Fear RPO RTCC meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2019

April 23, 2019

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) of the Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) will meet on Wednesday,May 1, 2019 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.