May 22, 2012
U.S. and Mexican officials are meeting today as a first effort to decide where new border crossings and connecting roads may be necessary, reports HispanicBusiness.com. At the first Border Master Plan meeting today at the University of Texas at El Paso, representatives will begin identifying future projects, along with project priorities and timelines.Objectives will also include increasing understanding of the planning process and designing a process that ensures participation from everyone involved in the port of entry projects."All sorts of transportation projects and issues will be discussed," Bob Kaufman, a spokesman for Texas Department of Transportation, told the website. "It will be a binational, multi-government agency meeting. There will be federal, state and local officials that have responsibilities for transportation. The end result will be a list of transportation infrastructure priorities." Representatives from the Metropolitan Planning Organization, City of El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will also be present at the meeting, in addition to U.S. and Mexican federal officials."The Border Master Plan is part of a national initiative," said Roy Gilyard, El Paso's MPO executive director. "California has a plan and so does Laredo."