Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the MPO?
Every metropolitan area with a population of more than 50,000 persons must have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization to qualify for federal highway or transit funds.
Harlingen San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization urbanized area includes:
Cities of San Benito, Harlingen, Combes, Los Indios, Palm Valley, Primera, Rio Hondo, La Feria, Santa Rosa Mercedes (Ex-Offical) and certain parts of Cameron County.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) relies on the MPO to ensure that highway and transit projects that use federal funds are products of a credible planning process and meet local priorities. USDOT will not approve federal fundings for urban highway and transit projects unless they are on the MPO's program. Thus, the MPO's role is to develop and maintain the necessary transportation plans for the area to assure that federal funds support the locally developed plans.
2. What does the MPO do?
The HSB-MPO is responsible for the regional planning process for all modes of transportation. The HSB-MPO provides technical support and staff assistance to the MPO's Policy Committee and its technical subcommittees, which compose the MPO policy making structure.
3. How can I get involved?
Citizens are crucial to the success of a transportation system. As the MPO strives to meet the transportation needs of a growing area, citizens are encouraged to participitate in the planning process through the MPO's public involvement process. Get involved by attending the monthly Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and be at the forefront of key decisions as they are shaping the future of transportation in the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Boundary area.
4. How is the MPO organized?
The MPO is responsble for conducting the uban transportion planning process that allows the Harlingen San Benito Urbanized area to recieve funding from the state and federal funds. The planning process for the Harlingen-San Benito Urbanized area is made possible through its two componenets which are its two committees, the Technical Advisory Committee and the Transportation PolicyCommittee along with the following three related processes.
1. Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP): is our 25 year long range plan and the basic framework for all our transportation planning. Our
MTP was approved on December 3, 2014 by our Transportation Policy Committee.
2. Transportation Improvements Projects (TIP): is our four year prioritized transportations improvements projects that fall under five
categories: capacity improvements (adding lanes) preservations (improvements without lanes), bicycle, pedestrian, and transit
3. Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP): is a two year work plan and budget. The MPO budget is funded by a combination of Federal
Highway, Federal Transit, and State planning funds.