AUSTIN, Texas — A historic day for the Rio Grande Valley. What was once a dream is now a reality. Three regional entities become one. Today Governor Greg Abbott signing the merger of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
With the new merger the MPO will serve transportation needs for the entire region. Previously three separate MPOs working independently. Now Valley leaders come together as one.
“The Rio Grande Valley already plays a very important role for the State of Texas. This shows the future what the Rio Grande Valley will be doing for the State of Texas which will be even more prolific.” Said the governor.
Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez – Pharr, “You had three MPOs going for the same bucket of money. You’re trying to compete with each other rather than compete with larger pots. We were splitting a dollar between us, now we’re going to be able to get three dollars, five dollars together.
Mayor Jim Darling – McAllen, “We’ve had traffic needs for a long time and this is a great way for us to catch up with the rest of the state a little bit.”
Mayor Tony Martinez – Brownsville, “We want to do the best thing for all our constituents but it’s important that everybody gets equally represented and all the voices are heard.”
After speaking to some of the valley mayors they say today is a testament to unity. They say they’re coming together for a common goal.
The Rio Grande Valley MPO is now the 5th largest in the state. Just behind major cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
Watch Inside RGV Politics on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Local 23’s Alfredo Cuadros will have the full breakdown of the MPO merger.