Sunday, February 05, 2006
Mayor Re-Elected as Chair of Florida MPOAC
On Jan. 26, Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, was re-elected to be the Chair of the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC). This is the state organization representing all Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in the State of Florida. Mayor Kaplan is also the Chair of the Broward County MPO, which is a member of the MPOAC.
MPO's were created by Federal Law for the purpose of planning transporation matters within urbanized areas of the United States. Presently, there are 388 MPO's in the U.S., with 26 of them in Florida. Prior to proceeding with transporation projects, MPO's are charged with the responsibility of determining when and how a particular transporation or transporation related matter may go forward. Road, transit, airports, seaports, bicycle lanes, beautification projects along transit routes, sidewalks, and greeways are just a few of the matters an MPO may have to review.
Mayor Kaplan has served on the MPOAC since 1992, and has been its chair since 2000.