Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that they will host a virtual public meeting to gather input on the draft Texas-Mexico Border Transportation Master Plan (BTMP) this week.
According to TxDOT officials, the BTMP is a “comprehensive, multimodal, binational long-range plan that identifies transportation issues, needs, challenges, opportunities, and strategies for moving people and goods efficiently across the Texas-Mexico border, the border regions, and beyond.”
The BTMP virtual meeting will run from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. MST on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The online gathering will include a live presentation followed by a question and answer session.
“The plan builds on the long-standing coordination and collaboration relationship between Texas and Mexico regarding binational planning, programming, and implementation of policies, programs, and projects to facilitate efficient and safe cross-border movement of people and goods,” officials added.
The Texas-Mexico border connects people, culture, industries, and trade between the U.S. and Mexico, and is a key contributor to the local, regional, state, and national economies of both countries.
Trade across the Texas-Mexico border has more than tripled from $111 billion to $451 billion from 1994 to 2019 and it is expected to increase by 234% to $1.5 trillion by 2050.
TxDOT and its binational partners and stakeholders jointly developed the BTMP to identify needs and strategies to address the challenges and opportunities today and in the future for cross-border movement of people and goods along the Texas-Mexico border.
Community members are invited to review and comment on the draft BTMP report through Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST. The report is expected to be finalized in March 2021.
To learn more about the BTMP, read the draft report, and to submit comments online, visit TxDOT.gov and search for “BTMP.”