Panhandle Rural Transportation Planning Organization (PRPO)
Established by PRPC resolution #10-04-22-02 and adopted by the Counties involved in mid-2010, the PRPO met for the first time in August 2010 and became a formally recognized group in response to TXDOT’s proposed 2010 TXDOT Planning and Project Development Rules’ inclusion of §15.2.21 defining a Rural Planning Organization as:
“A voluntary organization created and governed by local elected officials with responsibility for transportation decisions at the local level, including an organization established by a council of governments or regional planning commission designated by the Governor pursuant to Local Government Code, Chapter 391, to address rural transportation priorities and planning and provide recommendations to the department for areas of the state not included in the boundaries of a metropolitan planning organization.”
The purposes of the PRPO are as follows:
· To provide local officials from member counties an opportunity to provide meaningful input into the fiscal decision making process of the Amarillo TXDOT District and the short-term and long-term regional planning processes.
· To serve as regional contact for State officials, both elected and appointed, as necessary to further communication and discuss issues important to local officials.
· To help pursue funding to be appropriated to the Amarillo TxDOT District.
· To ensure open communication between the Amarillo TxDOT District office and local officials regarding future initiatives from the State TxDOT office in Austin, Texas.
· To serve as an advocate for the Panhandle in State and Federal Transportation Related Issues.