March 3, 2019 -  -

House Bill 71 would model a regional transit authority for the Valley based on the DART system in Dallas.


Two transportation leaders from South Texas have testified at the state Capitol on a bill to establish a regional transit authority for the Rio Grande Valley.

Although Andrew Canon, transportation director of Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Tom Logan, director of Valley Metro testified “neutral” on House Bill 71, it was clear from their remarks that they strongly supported the legislation.

Canon pointed out he could testify for or against HB 71 because his 22-member board of directors, made up of elected officials in Hidalgo County, had not taken a view on the bill. 

HB 71 is authored by state Rep. Armando ‘Mando’ Martinez of Weslaco. Martinez is a member of the House Committee on Transportation, which heard his bill. The committee is chaired by state Rep. Terry Canales of Edinburg.

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