We're always talking about traffic and our roads. Sometimes we're positive, like when we get to drive on new or improved roadways that make our commutes more pleasant, safer and shorter. Sometimes we're not so happy, like when we're sitting in a traffic jam because, we think, too many people have moved into our county. Well, you're not the only ones with roads on your mind…
Just in the last year, our County Commissioners Court has considered and discussed transportation issues over 200 times. That's more than four times per court session. And that's more than any other subject taken up by the Court in a given year. Yet still it seems like our infrastructure isn't keeping up with our growth.
Which is why the Commissioners Court has directed the county Engineering Department and the county Planning Board to pursue a transportation bond program this year. To prevent the impending crippling traffic congestion when, over the next 20 or so years, Collin County approaches build-out which, given our rate of population and business growth, is inevitable. But that does give us enough time to avoid gridlock, if we begin now
In addition to all the attention to transportation issues paid by the Commissioners Court and our Engineering Department, Duncan Webb, County Commissioner for Precinct 4, represents the county on the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Regional Transportation Council, a 44-member transportation policy body that includes local elected or appointed officials from NCTCOG's 16-county region and representatives from each of the area's transportation providers. The RTC oversees the metropolitan transportation planning process, including:
- Guiding the development of multimodal transportation plans and programs.
- Determining the allocation of federal, state and regional transportation funds.
- Selecting transportation projects in some programs and recommending projects to the Texas Transportation Commission for other programs.
- Ensuring transportation providers coordinate services.
- Ensuring the metropolitan area complies with state and federal laws and regulations regarding transportation and air quality.
Commissioner Webb also sits on the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, a transportation advocacy group made up of cities, counties and transportation agencies in a five-county region (Dallas, Denton, Collin, Rockwall and Ellis) with a primary mission to advance critical mobility projects through advocacy efforts with state and federal elected officials and regional transportation agencies. The DRMC represents local governments from the fourth largest region in the country: over 7.0 million residents, a regional GDP in excess of $447 billion (30% of the state's overall GDP) and headquarters to 18 Fortune 500 companies.
Planning for tomorrow's transportation needs today… it's the only way to keep up.