Northeast Texas Air Care

The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) works cooperatively with Northeast Texas Air Care (NETAC) to promote cleaner air in the East Texas region.

Currently, the Longview Metropolitan Area is in attainment or in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone; however, the Longview value has increased slightly from 71 in 2008 to 73 in 2009. It is important to note that the Longview fourth highest 8­-hour ozone value has steadily dropped from 2005 to 2008. Compliance with the 8­-hour NAAQS standard for ozone is determined by averaging the three years of the fourth highest 8­-hour ozone level at a single monitoring station. The average must be lower than 75 parts per billion to meet the standard. Since 1996, NETAC has worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address ozone air quality concerns in Northeast Texas through two separate voluntary emission reduction agreements: a Flexible Attainment Region (FAR) agreement executed in 1997, and an Early Action Compact (EAC) agreement executed in 2002. These voluntary efforts, undertaken without any designation of nonattainment under the Federal Clean Air Act, have resulted in significant air quality improvements that have brought the five county NETAC area into attainment with EPA's 1­hour ozone standard, the 0.08 ppm 8­-hour ozone standard adopted in 1997, and the 75 ppb ozone standard adopted in 2008. For more information please visit www.NETAC.org.

Latest News

    • Proposed revisions to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program and the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan are currently being considered. A 30-day public comment period is being held from December 7th through January 7th. See the proposed revisions here.
    • The new FM 2275/George Richey Road extension (Phase I) from McCann Road to US 259 in Longview is now open to traffic. Click here for more information.
    • 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.