A Minute Order is a legal document that contains a committee’s ruling on a particular issue (motion).  For example, a board member of the Texas Transportation Commission may make a motion to study all future highway projects to see whether or not they are toll viable.  If it goes to a vote and passes, the Minute Order then states in writing that the Commission ruled in favor of that motion and the ruling becomes an order that is to be carried out.
This is the long-range plan (up through 2030) that analyzes what might happen if current trends in our area continue.  It recommends changes that may need to be made and it guides the short-term plan (Transportation Improvement Program [TIP] ) as to which transportation projects need to be funded and how.

MPO’s were created by the federal government in 1962 to give cities with a population of 50,000 or more local input for urban transportation planning as well as where federal funds should be spent in their area.  By law, MPO’s are to give its citizens the opportunity to understand what it is that the MPO plans to do and to have a voice in all matters through open public meetings.  Unfortunately, many of these meetings are held during working hours, making it difficult for many of its citizens to attend. 

SAMPO’s public policy plan, adopted May 21, 2007  (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)

Market-based tolls determine the highest possible toll “the market can bear.” They don’t determine the toll rate based on the actual cost of construction, maintenance, and debt retirement but rather on how much profit the government can make off a given roadway. This method of tolling allows the government to collect large profits from motorists on one road segment to pay for other road segments that may not have as much profit due to low volume traffic.

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