Regional Council of Elected Officials has a policy-making board consisting of the chief elected officials of the planning region. The regional council can assume the planning responsibilities of an RPA, unlike a COG which may have a separate regional planning commission. COGCNV is actually an RCEO, not a COG. COGCNV was originally established prior to COG legislation. Under COGCNV bylaws, a standing committee referred to as the Regional Planning Commission serves a similar role to that of an RPC in a COG.


Regional Planning Agency is the oldest form of regional planning organization (RPO). An RPA consists of a policy board with two representatives: the chief elected official or a designee of the CEO and an appointment from the municipal planning commission. Municipalities with populations of 25,000 or more are entitled to additional representatives.

rolling stock

The vehicles used in a transit system, including buses and rail cars.


Refers to a process that allows people’s needs, preferences and values to be reflected in decisions. Planning occurs at many different levels, from day-to-day decisions made by individuals and families, to major decisions made by governments and businesses that have comprehensive, long-term impacts on society. Management can be considered a short-term form of planning, while planning can be considered a longer-term form of management.

inland port

A rail or a barge terminal that is linked to a maritime terminal with regular inland transport services. An inland port has a level of integration with the maritime terminal and supports a more efficient access to the inland market both for inbound and outbound traffic. This implies an array of related logistical activities linked with the terminal, such as distribution centers, depots for containers and chassis, warehouses and logistical service providers.


Transit Oriented Development – the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high quality train systems.


Federal Emergency Management Agency

You can find more information on the FEMA website.


The capability of a roadway to accommodate traffic usually expressed as the number of vehicles per lane per hour for a given level of service.


The cooperation or joint provision of public services between municipalities.


A term that encompasses public transportation systems including bus, rail, carpooling, and facilities for those systems.