Deaths on the Border

New RGV MPO taking shape

The Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization is taking shape, with an interim director in place and a board of directors overseeing the transition from three South Texas MPOs to one. Officials in the Valley are optimistic that a new Valleywide MPO, as opposed to three separate organizations — the Brownsville MPO, Harlingen-San Benito MPO and Hidalgo County MPO — will mean more transportation funding for South Texas. MPOs are responsible for securing federal transportation money available to the state for transportation planning and construction in urbanized areas across Texas. The MPOs in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio have...