What is the MPO’s role in getting infrastructure built?
Federal law mandates that any transportation project in the MPO boundary that will use federal highway or transit funds must be listed in the MPO’s long and short-range plans. The MPO creates the plans and prioritizes projects to be constructed.
What kind of projects are listed in the MPO’s plans?
Any transportation project using federal highway or transit funds. Improvement projects could benefit cars, freight, buses, bicycles, pedestrians or a combination of these modes of travel.
What does the MPO consider when prioritizing projects?
Projects are scored based on several factors including safety, congestion, resiliency, economic development and socioeconomic factors.
Does the MPO prioritize construction for city streets and county roads?
No. Cities and counties administer their own project selection process. The MPO only ranks projects that are being constructed using federal funds. City and county roads are built and maintained with local tax revenue which is why they are not listed in the MPO's plans.
Does the MPO construct the projects listed in its plans?
No. The MPO’s grant funding is limited to planning activities. Projects are constructed by the project sponsor receiving the federal funding. The most common sponsors are TxDOT and Tyler Transit.
What is the difference between the Master Street Plan and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan?
The Master Street Plan is a report that forecasts future traffic congestion and recommends improvements to meet those needs. These high-level recommendations do not consider available funding to implement the projects. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is a document that forecasts revenue over a 25-year period and prioritizes the order in which projects could be constructed with that funding.
Are the dashed lines on the Master Street Plan “set in stone”?
The dashed lines must connect to other streets similarly to how it is shown in the Master Street Plan. However, the route between connections may be adjusted to meet a developer’s needs.