MAG elects policy committee chairs; Mayor Lane to lead regional council

The Maricopa Association of Governments this week elected Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers as chair of the MAG Transportation Policy Committee. Mesa Mayor John Giles was selected as vice chair.

The Transportation Policy Committee was established by the MAG Regional Council in 2002 to oversee the development of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan and to guide transportation planning in the region.

The TPC is made up of 23 members representing cities and towns across the region, the business community, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, the Native American Indian Community, and the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee.

The TPC provides a unique opportunity for business representatives to have a direct say in developing transportation policy for the region.  The TPC is charged with developing regional transportation policy positions for Regional Council consideration and provides oversight for the implementation of Proposition 400.

Three of the business members are appointed by the President of the Senate and the other three by the Speaker of the House.

Earlier this month, on June 10, Litchfield Park City Manager Darryl Crossman was elected as chair of the MAG Management Committee, while Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher was elected as vice chair.

The MAG Management Committee provides a key role in the policymaking decisions at MAG. The Committee is responsible for receiving input from technical committees, analyzing the technical and policy implications, and providing recommendations to the MAG Regional Council.

The Management Committee consists of the chief administrators from each member agency, such as the jurisdiction’s city or town manager, the county manager from Maricopa County and Pinal County, and the chief administrative officer of each Native American Indian Community.

A representative of the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Regional Public Transportation Authority also serve on the committee.

MAG also selected a slate of officers for the MAG Regional Council during its annual meeting June 24. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane was elected as Regional Council chair, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as vice chair, and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck as treasurer.

Those elected as at-large members are El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook, Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault remains on the committee as past chair.

MAG is a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization that provides a regional forum for discussion, analysis, and resolution of regional issues, including transportation, air quality, and human services. MAG prepares the 20-year Long Range Transportation Plan and five-year Transportation Improvement Program for the region. MAG was founded in 1967.

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