(Allentown, PA) Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) expressed concerns regarding a proposed rule from the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, entitled "Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform."
"My concern is that if this proposed rule is enacted, it could restrict economic competitiveness by making it more difficult for regions to coordinate and implement planning decisions and projects that best fit affected local communities, such as those I represent in Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District,” Dent said.
The goal of this proposed rule is to establish a single urbanized area, regardless of how many metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) are contained within. These MPOs would then have to come up with a unified set of standards—transportation, infrastructure, and performance—for the urbanized area, which would need to include those areas that are likely to become urbanized within 20 years.
"My staff and I have been in contact with all the MPOs in my district, and they have universally expressed serious objections to this proposed rule," Dent added. "I am concerned that the establishment of new, larger Metropolitan Planning Areas and MPOs would delay responsiveness, create unnecessary competition within the MPAs, and make it harder for local concerns and proposals to receive the attention and consideration they deserve."
Congressman Dent sent a letter to Secretary Anthony Foxx, the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation, regarding this issue, a copy of which has been attached.
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