orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

January 13, 2013

Informational public workshop on Monday

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — A presentation concerning the discussion of the possible implementation of Regional Mobility Authority (RMA)  will be held on Monday.

“It will be an informational presentation,” Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump said. “There was a meeting in Beaumont last month and this is an opportunity to allow our Commissioners Court to see the presentation given during that meeting.”

A RMA is a local, independent transportation agency that can finance, build, operate and maintain toll roads and other transportation projects. The Texas Legislature authorized the creation of RMAs in 2001 to provide a new, more flexible way to address local transportation needs and get projects developed more quickly than through traditional funding.

Individual counties can form a RMA, or multiple counties can come together to create a single RMA entity. If one is formed here, it could consist of Hardin, Jefferson and Orange County.

There are eight RMAs in Texas to date.

“This is not being implemented now,” Crump said.

The public workshop is at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 in the Orange County Commissioners Court in the Orange County Administration Buidling located at 123 South 6th Street in Orange.

 

Dawn Burleigh is a reporter at The Orange Leader. She can be reached at dawnb@orangeleader.com and followed on Twitter @DawnBurleigh