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March 9th, 2009
Conley re-appointed to CARTPO board

Hays County Commissioner Will Conley will remain on the CARTPO board. Photo by Sean Wardwell.

STAFF REPORT

The Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CARTPO) has re-appointed Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-San Marcos) to its board last week.

Conley won his original appointment two years ago and became chairman in May 2007. He re-appointment last week came by unanimous vote.

CARTPO is a forum of elected officials who work on regional transportation plans. Board members include representatives from Travis, Williamson, Llano, Burnet, Caldwell and Hays Counties, among others. Its duties include recommending changes in policy and practice, advocating for legislation, recommending regional priorities, directing certain planning and data initiatives, overseeing the federally-prescribed local consultation process and collaborating with the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).

“I’m impressed with Will’s knowledge of county affairs, particularly as it relates to transportation issues,” said Llano County Judge and CARTPO Vice-Chairman Wayne Brascom. ” He does an outstanding job for CARTPO and Hays County. Hays County is fortunate to have such commitment and dedication from their commissioner.”

CARTPO was originally created as a response to legislation calling for state departments of transportation to work with officials in non-metropolitan areas when making transportation planning and programming decisions. CARTPO originally was one of several Rural Planning Organizations (RPOs) voluntarily created by Texas Councils of Governments to help address rural transportation needs.

Recent CARTPO projects include “The Call for Projects,” which is the process CARTPO uses to prioritize the region’s most important transportation projects, county transportation plans, and the establishment of the Regional Transportation Coordination Committee.

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