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Section 4: Metropolitan Planning Area Agreements

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Summary

Each metropolitan planning organization will enter into an agreement with TxDOT, major municipalities, counties, and transit operators to determine the responsibilities for carrying out the planning process in that metropolitan area. The agreement should include the structure of the MPO policy board and the responsibilities of the various agencies involved.

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Purpose

Under 23 USC §134 and 49 USC §5303, as implemented by 23 CFR Part 450, Subpart C, a metropolitan planning organization must be designated in each urbanized area, and each MPO must have a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process.

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Responsibility

The Transportation Planning and Programming Division is responsible for disseminating information necessary to implement the requirements 23 CFR Part 450. The MPO and the TxDOT district involved will initiate the agreement and/or revisions. The division will initiate the necessary review and approval by the TxDOT Executive Director.

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Reference

Current Policy: 43 TAC §15.3(d)

Supersedes:

Reference: 23 CFR Section 450.310

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