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S.625 - A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to incorporate regional transportation planning organizations into statewide transportation planning, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS.
‘(5) REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION- The term ‘regional transportation planning organization’ means the policy board of an organization established or designated under section 135(k).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) with respect to nonmetropolitan areas, cooperate with affected nonmetropolitan local officials with responsibility for transportation through regional transportation planning organizations;’;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS- With respect to nonmetropolitan areas, the statewide transportation plan shall be developed in cooperation with affected nonmetropolitan local officials with responsibility for transportation through regional transportation planning organizations.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) in subparagraph (D)(i), by striking ‘and local agencies responsible for’ and inserting ‘regional, and local agencies responsible for economic development, emergency management, transportation planning,’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) NONMETROPOLITAN AREAS- With respect to each nonmetropolitan area in the State, the program shall be developed in cooperation with affected nonmetropolitan local officials with responsibility for transportation through regional transportation planning organizations.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- To carry out the transportation planning process required under this section, States shall establish, designate, and use amounts made available to the State to carry out this section to fund regional transportation planning organizations to enhance the planning, coordination, and implementation of statewide transportation plans and programs, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of nonmetropolitan areas of the State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) STRUCTURE- Each regional transportation planning organization shall be established as a multi-jurisdictional organization of nonmetropolitan local officials or their designees who volunteer for such organization and representatives of local transportation systems who volunteer for such organization.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING- Each regional transportation planning organization shall be formed by a memorandum of understanding between the State and nonmetropolitan local officials or as otherwise provided under State law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) FUNCTION- Each regional transportation planning organization shall work cooperatively to plan, coordinate, and implement transportation systems in nonmetropolitan areas.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) a policy committee, the majority of which shall be comprised of nonmetropolitan local officials, or their designees, and which shall include, as appropriate, additional representatives from the State, private business, transportation service providers, economic development practitioners, and the public in the region; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) a fiscal and administrative agent, such as an existing regional planning and development organization, to provide professional planning, management, and administrative support.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(H) consider and share plans and programs with neighboring regional transportation planning organizations, metropolitan planning organizations, and, as appropriate, tribal organizations; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink