The Northwest Commission serves as the Northwest Rural Planning Organization (RPO) Planning partner for the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT).  In partnership with the Northwest RPO Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) comprised of local leaders from the 5-county RPO region of Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren, projects are prioritized to meet the current and future needs of the region.  The RPO works closely with PennDOT Central Office, PennDOT Districts 1-0 and 10-0, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

In collaboration with PennDOT, member communities and municipalities and modal operators, the RPO collaborates to reach consensus on the best way forward for implementing regional transportation priorities. 

The Northwest RPO is committed to compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of applicable civil rights statutes, executive orders, regulations and policies. If you have a request or a special need, wish to file a complaint or desire additional information, please contact Shana Smith at 814-677-4800 x111 or

The Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) shares transportation knowledge, improves road maintenance and safety skills, and puts research and new technology into practice at the local level.  Free classes available to help stretch municipal maintenance dollars and keep road crews and communities safe.  For more information, visit  
Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

For additional information  please contact:
Shana Smith, Operations Director
P: 814.677.4800 x123
F: 814.677.7663