The Harlingen-San Benito MPO is the regional transportation planning organization responsible for working with local, state, and federal governments, the private sector, and to plan coordinated transportation systems designed to move people, goods, and services affordably, efficiently, and safely throughout the MPO area. The function of the Harlingen-San Benito MPO is to coordinate regional transportation planning between the State of Texas and nine-member entities/municipalities, which consist of Harlingen, San Benito, Primera, Santa Rosa, Palm Valley, Rio Hondo, La Feria, Los Indios, Combes, Mercedes (Ex-Offical) and Precincts 3 & 4 of Cameron County.
The major goal of the Harlingen-San Benito MPO is to bring about regional planning under one voice while providing the greatest transportation benefit for all. Other goals include: supporting economic vitality, making transportation safer, providing greater access to mobility options, protecting the environment while promoting energy conservation, improving connectivity of the current transportation system, and preserving existing transportation infrastructure.
The Harlingen-San Benito MPO was established by the federal government to ensure that transportation decisions within the MPO area are performed in a continuous, comprehensive, and cooperative process. The MPO is responsible for creating, developing, and reviewing transportation plans, which include the long-range 25-year Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the short-range 4
Transportation Improvement Program, the annual Unified Planning Work Program, travel models, thoroughfare plans, transit plans, and bicycle/pedestrian plans. All of these documents work together to identify transportation programs and funding alternatives.
The Harlingen-San Benito MPO provides a forum for local input into the expenditure of federal highway and transit dollars. Citizens and stakeholders can come together and share ideas and information with the two main bodies that make up the MPO. The first body is the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which makes recommendations and report directly to the second body, the Transportation Policy Committee (TPC). The TAC consists of TxDOT, MPO staff, and member jurisdictions planning professionals. The TPC members are the decision makers and consists of local elected officials.
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