Metropolitan Planning Organization

Federally mandated, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for the administration of the area’s surface transportation planning activities. The Metropolitan Planning Area includes portions of Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties and the cities from Longview to Gladewater, Union Grove, East Mountain and Lakeport. The MPO is governed by a Policy Board composed of elected officials and senior staff members from Longview, White Oak, Gladewater, Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties and the Texas Department of Transportation. Representatives of the Federal Highway Administration and the local Texas State Representatives serve as non-voting members of the transportation board. The MPO Technical Committee, constituted of staff members from participating public entities and agencies, provides technical analysis, develops policies, plans, and projects for recommendation to the Policy Board.

Mission Statement

To provide cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing  short and long-range transportation planning that promotes the safe, reliable, and secure movement of people and goods in the Longview Metropolitan Area.

Latest News

    • The Longview MPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for FY 2106 and FY 2017 has been revised and is available for review. The UPWP outlines MPO transportation planning activities and studies for a two-year period.
    • The 2017 - 2020 Longview MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been adopted and is now available for review. The TIP serves as the MPO's short-range transportation plan. In addition, the MPO completed an administrative revision to the 2015 - 2018 TIP to identify federal and state funding for the mobility project in FY 2016.
    • 2015 traffic count data is now available for the greater Longview area. Traffic count data was gathered in late 2015 and was funded by the Longview Economic Development Corporation. A printable 2015 Traffic Count Map and an 2015 Traffic Count interactive map are now available.
    • Please review our FY 15 Annual Project Listing.  Projects in this report are broken down into four categories: roadway, transit, bicycle & pedestrian and grouped projects.  Click here to see the report. 
    • The MPO is considering a revision to the 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program to add $3,218,000 of State Proposition 1 funding.  This will fund the widening of Loop 281 from 4 to 6 lanes between Shofner Dr. to U.S. 80 in 2016.   A public comment period will be held from November 19 to December 1, 2015.  Check here for details.
    • On October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthened the ground-level ozone standard to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from the current standard of 75 ppb.   The updated standard will significantly reduce ozone air pollution and is especially important for children and people with asthma.  Federal transportation funding may be at-risk in the future if the Longview area is unable to meet the new standard.  For more details, check the EPA's website.
    • On Nov. 4, 2014, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved the ballot measure known as Proposition 1 (Prop 1), authorizing a constitutional amendment for transportation funding. Under the amendment, a portion of oil and gas tax revenues that typically go into the Economic Stabilization Fund will be deposited to the State Highway Fund. The amendment did not create any new taxes or fees. For more information, check the TxDOT Website.
    • The MPO Transportation Board approved the FY 2016 & 2017 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) that outlines MPO transportation planning activities for the upcoming two years.  Check here to see the plan.  
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