Bill could jeopardize area metropolitan planning groups

Bill could jeopardize area metropolitan planning groups
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:57am

If the transportation spending bill in the U.S. Senate becomes law, it could mark the end of the road for metropolitan planning organizations in Longview, Tyler, Texarkana and other small urban areas.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, known as MAP-21, recommends cutting MPOs that serve urban areas of fewer than 200,000 residents. The bill, which has not had a full Senate vote, would revert road planning to pre-1994, when states determined road planning without local input.

In describing the bill’s possible effect, Longview MPO Policy Board co-chairman Bill Stoudt used an idiom: “It would be ‘a penny wise and a dollar foolish’ in terms of what the outcome could be.” He, co-chairman Jay Dean joined by chairs from at least 20 MPOs in Texas are drafting a letter opposing the move to the state’s two U.S. senators, its congressmen and members of the Senate committee that has proposed the legislation.

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