WHO WE ARE
The Permian Basin MPO is a regional agency mandated under federal law to conduct a cooperative, continuous and comprehensive transportation planning process. The agency plans and commits funds for the construction of transportation improvements across multiple transportation modes as well as for sub area corridor studies. MPO funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration through the Texas Department of Transportation. The area of MPO responsibility includes portions of Martin, Midland and Ector Counties, and the Cities of Midland and Odessa. Planning and transportation project prioritization decisions and MPO staff directives are made by the Policy Board which consists of elected officials from the five entities named above and two other Board positions filled by the TxDOT Odessa District Engineer and the EZ Rider General Manager. A key priority of the Policy Board is to ensure that federal and state tax dollars are spent wisely and in accordance with the region’s most vital needs.
Special emphasis is placed on effective public involvement throughout the process. The MPO invites you to browse its web site to see how we are improving the quality of life in the region. Your input is valued, so please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions and/or to become more involved in the transportation planning process.
The MPO boundary is an area which includes urban population centers and areas which are expected to become urbanized over the next 20 years. Currently, the MPO estimates that 340,455 (U.S. Census Bureau) people reside within the boundary.
Urbanized Areas (UZAs) are Census designated urban areas with 50,000 residents or more. An Adjusted UZA is a Census defined UZA boundary that has been adjusted by the State DOT to include additional territory for transportation planning purposes, many times to include high density industrial or commercial areas. MPOs are required for all UZAs. Click to view Presentation on UZAs
If your group or agency would like to schedule the MPO staff for a presentation on MPO plans and activities, please contact Cameron Walker, AICP, Executive Director at 432-617-0129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ken Van Dyne