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Transportation Planning

Legislative Advocacy

NACOG advocates for local transportation interests at the state and federal levels through the Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) and Arizona Transit Association (AzTA).

The Rural Transportation Advocacy Council (RTAC) is a statewide consortium of elected officials representing transportation policies, funding, and other initiatives in rural Arizona.  RTAC is staffed by a full-time legislative liaison, and is funded through per capita assessments. RTAC staff provides regular updates on legislative activity to NACOG’s Regional Council and Transportation Policy Advisory Committee when the state legislature is in session. 

The Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) is a non-profit statewide organization dedicated to improving public transportation in all Arizona communities. Similar to RTAC, AzTA provides leadership in the funding, advocacy and education. The following are AzTA’s goals:

  • Establish a permanent statewide transit funding source
  • Prepare and promote a legislative program that supports AzTA membership at the local state and federal levels
  • Provide proactive communications with members/partners and develop public educational materials to support AzTA’s advocacy for transit funding and legislation
  • Broaden both members and partners base by actively recruiting, and establish collaborative opportunities to support AzTA’s mission
  • Host, with partners, statewide forums that provide educational opportunities for members /partners, and broaden our outreach