Rural Regional Transportation Plan

The Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC) is undertaking a 10-county rural transportation plan in response to a Planning Emphasis Area established by the FDOT Office of Policy Planning. The ECRC Regional Rural Transportation Plan will examine how the rural transportation network links economic development, sustainability, and quality of life in the Metropolitan Planning Area.  For example, trails that go from cities to the rural area create both commuter and recreational opportunities, impact health, and use significantly less space than other transportation alternatives.  Employment centers found in Metropolitan Planning Area often attract employees that choose to live in more rural areas due to a desired quality of life or for socioeconomic reasons. These movements interconnect rural and urban areas. 

This study covers the 10-county rural area associated with the ECRC Transportation Planning Organizations (TPOs), and the adjoining counties associated with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC): Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, and Gulf. (Note that Baldwin County, Alabama is not included because the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission is the TPO for rural areas in Baldwin County.) This study will examine transportation patterns and recommend transportation infrastructure improvements linking rural areas and the current Metropolitan Planning Area. Recommendations identified must have a direct link to the Metropolitan Planning Area.

In order to better understand rural transportation and land development challenges on a regional scale, ECRC is reaching out to stakeholder agencies to garner input regarding key transportation corridors and what can be done to improve them. 

Stakeholder Survey (COMING SOON)