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Section 2: Metropolitan Planning Organization Designation and Redesignation

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Summary

Designation of metropolitan planning organizations shall be made by an agreement between the executive director and local units of government representing 75 percent of the affected population (including the central city or cities as defined by the Bureau of Census).

Redesignation of an MPO to replace an existing MPO shall be by an agreement between the executive director and affected local units of government representing 75 percent of the population in the entire metropolitan area. The central city must be among the units of local government agreeing to the redesignation.

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Purpose

To implement 23 U.S.C. 134 and Section 8 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended, which requires that an MPO be designated for each urbanized area. The law also requires that each metropolitan area have a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process that results in plans and programs that consider all transportation modes.

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Responsibility

The Transportation Planning and Programming Division is responsible for disseminating information necessary to implement the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134. Upon request for designation from the local governments, the division will initiate the necessary agreement between the executive director and the local governments.

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Reference

Current Policy: 43 TAC §15.3(b)(1)

43 TAC §15.3(b)(2)Supersedes:Reference: 23 CFR Section 450.306

49 CFR Part 613

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