CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Monday the creation of the Office of Community Transportation (OCT).

The OCT will coordinate transportation planning and local land use decisions to guide the development of a safe and efficient statewide transportation system.

The goal of the OCT is to also to work directly with community partners to eliminate transportation difficulties.

"We really want to increase the level of collaboration between TDOT and municipalities across the state," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "The Office of Community Transportation will work with these local entities to make sure our transportation planning efforts and project development plans coincide with future growth and help us meet the needs of communities."

There will be offices in Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville.

For more information on the Office of Community Transportation, visit