STATEHOUSE – Recently, the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) presented State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) with the Special Meritorious Service by an Elected Official Award. During the Indiana MPO’s annual conference in Terre Haute, Rep. Soliday received the award for his efforts to improve the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure over the last two years.
“I’m honored to receive this award and thankful for the collaboration that exists between the various regional MPOs and the Legislature to repair, maintain and improve the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure,” said Rep. Soliday. “The key to economic growth revolves around the condition of our roads, highways and bridges. To strengthen Indiana’s economy and to protect the infrastructure we have invested in, we must maximize government efficiency by building on what works in our state, consider what other states are doing and focus our attention on where we can make improvements to secure Indiana’s future.”
According to the Indiana MPO website, Congress passed the Federal Aid Highway Act in 1962 which requires each urban area to have a MPO in order to receive particular mass transit and highway funds. Currently, the state has fourteen regional MPOs that represent thirteen urban areas. The MPOs were created to assist state and local organizations in the planning process for future and long-range transportation projects.
Developed by the Indiana MPO, the Special Meritorious Service by an Elected Official Award recognizes elected officials that reflect their mission and were essential to improving the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure.
As Chairman of the Roads and Transportation Standing Committee as well as the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, Rep. Soliday received the award for engaging and collaborating with the various MPOs, the Build Indiana Council and the Association for Cities, Towns and Counties to define and improve the state’s infrastructure.
In 2011, the transportation study committee, chaired by Rep. Soliday, challenged the Indiana MPO Council to determine the condition of Indiana’s infrastructure and establish where Indiana needs to be. The council developed the “Infrastructure Funding vs. Need for MPO Regions” report which, based on information from the website, detailed the state’s infrastructure needs, the funding that was available and new mechanisms that local governments could use to find additional funding. During the 2013 legislative session, which passed the state’s biennial budget, the report was an essential piece of evidence that led to the road funding increase outlined in the budget.
“Protecting our transportation investment continues to be a top priority of mine. I will continue to communicate and work with other agencies to ensure that the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure is maintained and improved, so Indiana remains prosperous for years to come,” said Rep. Soliday.
Visit www.indianampo.com for more information about the Indiana MPO or www.in.gov/house_republicans to learn more about Rep. Soliday.