Rep. Denham Commends Repeal of Regional Transportation Planning Rule
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) today commends U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill to repeal a Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration rule that harms regional transportation planning in rural areas: the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule. Rep. Denham was an original co-sponsor on the House version of the bill.
“The repeal of the MPO Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule is a win for the Valley,” said Rep. Denham. “While it works well in other areas, this rule did not take into consideration the unique needs of rural communities like ours and would have complicated a process that is already working well for my constituents.”
Metropolitan Planning Organizations are useful in overlapping urban areas to produce a single long-range transportation plan and maximize efficiencies in America’s transportation system. However, this most recent rule would have forced rural MPOs to abandon decades of regional planning and coordination in favor of forced consolidation with communities with much different needs.