County Commissioner Vince Perez was unanimously elected Chairman of the Transportation Policy Board (TPB) of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at the board’s monthly meeting on Friday, July 26.
Perez replaces Sunland Park, New Mexico, Mayor Javier Perea. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo was elected as Vice Chair.
“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me to serve as chair for our region,” Perez said. “We have many critical priorities ahead of us that will shape our region’s transportation system for decades.”
The Transportation Policy Board is responsible for approving and adopting all the transportation planning and activities of the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The board oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in federal formula and discretionary funding provided to the region.
As Chair, Perez will preside over Transportation Policy Board Meetings, and serve as chair of the executive committee, where he can appoint members and also establish ad-hoc committees to address regional transportation issues.
Commissioner Perez appointed Horizon Alderman Walter Miller, Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea, El Paso Director of Aviation Monica Lombraña, State Representative Lina Ortega, and Senator José Rodríguez to serve on the TPB Executive Committee. Vice Chair Dee Margo will also serve on the committee.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization is a federally-mandated and federally-funded transportation policy-making organization that is made up of representatives from all cities within El Paso County, the El Paso legislative delegation, and other representatives from El Paso County government, Dona Ana County government, the New Mexico cities of Sunland Park, Vinton, and Anthony, as well as representatives from the Texas and New Mexico Departments of Transportation.
MPOs were created to ensure regional cooperation in transportation planning and the board oversees the metropolitan planning process. An MPO is required for each urban area in the United States with a population of 50,000.