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Next TCC-TAC Meeting: 5/16/2024 at 10:00 AM

In-Person: 1502 N Market Street, Suite A, Washington, NC 27889




In 2000, the State of North Carolina recognized the need for more coordinated transportation planning in rural North Carolina areas not within a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) by enacting Chapter 136, Article 17, Section 136-210-213 of the General Statutes. This provided for the development of Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs).

In 2002, The Mid-East Rural Planning Organization (MERPO) was established through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Beaufort County, Martin County, Pitt County, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The MOU designated the Mid-East Commission, a Regional Council of Governments, to serve as the Lead Planning Agency (LPA) for MERPO.

The Mid-East RPO is one of 18 Rural Planning Organizations in North Carolina, and provides the following core services to Beaufort County, Martin County, and the non-MPO areas of Pitt County:

Coordinate, assist and develop local and regional plans.

Provide a forum for public participation in the transportation planning and implementation process

Provide transportation-related information to local governments

Develop and prioritize projects the organization believes should be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)


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Beaufort County

Aurora, Bath, Belhaven,

Chocowinity, Pantego,

Washington, Washington Park

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Martin County

Bear Grass, Everetts, Hamilton,

Hassell, Jamesville, Oak City,

Parmele, Robersonville, Williamston

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Pitt County

Bethel, Falkland,

Farmville, Fountain,

Grifton, Grimesland

Transportation Modes

MERPO works with Local Governments and NCDOT to plan and develop projects for six different modes of transportation:



Airports within MERPO: 2

-Martin County (MCZ)

-Washington-Warren (OCW)


Bicycle & Pedestrian

NC Bike Route Miles within MERPO: 115



Ferry Routes within MERPO: 1




State-Maintained Miles within MERPO: 2,143


Public Transit

Transit Agencies within MERPO: 3






Railroad Miles within MERPO: 146




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