Rural Transportation Planning

The Lumber River Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) is a partnership between the participating local governments of Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The eighteen RPOs across North Carolina are voluntary organizations of local elected officials and citizens in rural parts of the state working cooperatively with the NCDOT to enhance transportation planning opportunities in their areas. This structure provides our region with a formal voice in the transportation planning process.


The Lumber River RPO is responsible for:

• Developing long range transportation plans for the region

• Developing and prioritizing projects for the State Transportation Improvement Program

• Providing transportation related information and data to local governments and interested parties

• Providing a forum for public involvement in the transportation planning process


These responsibilities and related projects and tasks are accomplished through the work of the Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) and the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). The LRRPO is staffed by the Lumber River COG Rural Transportation Planner.

Contact Us


Janet Roberston 

Rural Transportation Planner

Lumber River RPO

Lumber River Council of Governments

COMtech Park, 30 C.J. Walker Road

Pembroke, NC 28372

910-775-9749 (direct) 

910-618-5533 (receptionist)

910-521-7556 (fax)




Transportation Advisory Committee


The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is the governing policy board for the Lumber River RPO. The TAC provides policy direction for the planning process, facilitates communication and coordination among the member jurisdictions, and guides the development of a comprehensive multi-modal transportation program. Its membership includes local elected officials and the area's representative on the NCDOT Board of Transportation. The TAC meets the fourth Monday of odd numbered months at 12 o'clock noon. The meetings are usually held at the LRCOG offices


Transportation Coordinating Committee


The Transportation Coordinating Committee's (TCC) role is to support and advise the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) in carrying out the four core responsibilities of the RPO by providing technical assistance and recommendations to the TAC. The TCC is comprised of staff from member local governments and the NCDOT, as well as local citizens and members of other local agencies interested in the transportation planning process. The TCC meets on the second Wednesday of odd numbered months at 10:30am. The meetings are usually held at the LRCOG Offices






Links to Comprehensive Transportation Plans


Richmond County


Robeson County


Scotland County County


City of Lumberton


Town of Pembroke


Other Links:


NC Association of RPOs


Additional information about RPOs




Transportation Improvement Program 


Average Daily Traffic Count Maps 


Federal Highway Administration


The FAST Act (Fixing America’s Service Transportation Act)


Ethics filing information for TAC members

Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan  and upcoming workshops