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Committees

Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO)

The Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO) serves as a forum for elected officials to come together on transportation issues to recommend changes in policy and practice, advocate for legislation, recommend regional priorities, direct certain planning and data initiatives, oversee the federally-prescribed local consultation process, and collaborate with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

CARTPO originally was created as a response to TEA-21 legislation, which called for state departments of transportation to work with officials in non-metropolitan areas when making transportation planning and programming decisions. CARTPO originally was one of several Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) voluntarily created by Texas Councils of Governments to help address rural transportation needs. Past calls for projects in 2003 and 2004 resulted in funding $24 million in transportation projects within our counties by the Texas Transportation Commission. Projects from the 2005 call for projects were not able to be funded through TxDOT's traditional funding categories.

CARTPO's responsibilities consist of the following:

  • Providing a forum for elected officials and community leaders to learn about and discuss relevant transportation topics;
  • Evaluating and recommending projects with a regional impact to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT);
  • Overseeing research and education on financing mechanisms for transportation and related projects; 
  • Studying and recommending changes in statutes, rules, or policies related to state or federal transportation programs;
  • Coordinating with CAMPO on transportation issues;
  • Developing a regional mobility strategy for the ten-county area; and
  • Serving as an information clearinghouse for transportation related data.

Bylaws

CARTPO reevaluated its role in the transportation planning process during 2006 and on April 11, 2007 formalized its structure, and objectives into an adopted set of bylaws.

> Download the bylaws.

Membership

CARTPO membership comprises three categories: voting, ex-officio and associate. Voting membership is given to three elected officials from each of the 10 counties within the CAPCOG region, with representation from at least one municipality in each county suggested. Ex-officio and associate designations are nonvoting seats composed of officials from regional transportation stakeholders, other governmental entities, organizations or individuals.

> See CARTPO's membership roster.

Meetings

9:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
CAPCOG Pecan Room
6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX  78744

> Contact Chris Schreck, CAPCOG planning and economic development director.

Other Regional and State Transportation Resources 

Lone Star Rail District Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Capital Area Transportation Authority
Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Transportation Institute The Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Grant opportunities

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 appropriated $500 million for national infrastructure investments or the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program through Sept. 30, 2020. FY 2017 TIGER funds will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will significantly impact the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.

The FY 2017 TIGER program will give special consideration to projects emphasizing improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure conditions, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness.

Grant applications are due Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.

> Find a TIGER Webinar Series.
> Learn more about the TIGER program.

Questions?

> Contact Chris Schreck, CAPCOG planning and economic development director.

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