Regional leaders talk MPO merger

By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com

Millions of state transportation dollars are on the table and everyone in Cameron County wants a piece of the pie, from the small towns of the Laguna Madre to the County’s largest city, Brownsville. As a result, numerous city and County leaders are scrambling to form a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) with leaders in Hidalgo County. The Cameron County Commissioners Court discussed such a regional merger at a recent meeting. “I think it’s something that we really need to look at,” said County Judge Pete Sepulveda. “When you talk about everything that’s going on Valleywide, it just makes a lot of sense to do this and to be able to tap into the additional funding that we’ll be able to,” he said. Commissioner Alex Dominguez agreed, saying, “If we do merge and we become the fifth largest MPO in the state, then we’d be getting substantially more funds. We are essentially leaving money on the table if we don’t do this.”

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