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Section 3: Metropolitan Planning Area Boundaries

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Summary

The metropolitan planning area boundary shall cover, at a minimum, the urbanized area(s) and the contiguous geographic area likely to become urbanized within the 20 year forecast period covered by the transportation plan and shall include the boundaries required by 23 CFR §450.308. Metropolitan planning area boundaries shall be limited to the boundaries approved by the executive director. For geographic areas designated as nonattainment or maintenance areas (as created by the Clean Air Act Amendments [CAAA]) for transportation related pollutants under the Clean Air Act of 1970, the boundaries of the metropolitan planning area shall include at least the boundaries of the nonattainment or maintenance areas, except as otherwise approved by the executive director.

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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 within specified boundaries that results in plans and programs which consider all transportation modes and support metropolitan community development and social goals.

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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. Upon request for boundary revisions by the MPO, the division will initiate the necessary review and approval by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Executive Director.

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Reference

Current Policy: 43 TAC §15.3(c)Supersedes:Reference: 23 CFR Section 450.308

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