Northeast Texas Air Care

The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) works cooperatively with Northeast Texas Air Care (NETAC) to promote cleaner air in the East Texas region.

Currently, the Longview Metropolitan Area is in attainment or in compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone; however, the Longview value has increased slightly from 71 in 2008 to 73 in 2009. It is important to note that the Longview fourth highest 8­-hour ozone value has steadily dropped from 2005 to 2008. Compliance with the 8­-hour NAAQS standard for ozone is determined by averaging the three years of the fourth highest 8­-hour ozone level at a single monitoring station. The average must be lower than 75 parts per billion to meet the standard. Since 1996, NETAC has worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address ozone air quality concerns in Northeast Texas through two separate voluntary emission reduction agreements: a Flexible Attainment Region (FAR) agreement executed in 1997, and an Early Action Compact (EAC) agreement executed in 2002. These voluntary efforts, undertaken without any designation of nonattainment under the Federal Clean Air Act, have resulted in significant air quality improvements that have brought the five county NETAC area into attainment with EPA's 1­hour ozone standard, the 0.08 ppm 8­-hour ozone standard adopted in 1997, and the 75 ppb ozone standard adopted in 2008. For more information please visit www.NETAC.org.

Latest News

    • The Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has scheduled a Policy Board meeting on Wednesday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m. in the Longview City Council Chambers located in the Jo Ann Metcalf Municipal Building, 300 W. Cotton St., to consider a revision to the FY 17 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), approval of letters of support for Transportation Alternatives projects, and adoption of Longview Transit’s asset management performance targets. The UPWP outlines MPO transportation planning activities and studies for a two-year period. The MPO Policy Board is the top-level transportation committee providing both review and policy guidance for transportation planning in the greater Longview area. The public is invited to attend and will be given an opportunity to provide comments at the meeting.
    • The 2017 - 2020 Longview MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) revisions have been adopted and the updated document can be found here. The TIP serves as the MPO's short-range transportation plan.
    • The new FM 2275/George Richey Road extension (Phase I) from McCann Road to US 259 in Longview is now open to traffic. Click here for more information.
    • The Longview MPO Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for FY 2106 and FY 2017 has been revised and is available for review. The UPWP outlines MPO transportation planning activities and studies for a two-year period.
    • 2015 traffic count data is now available for the greater Longview area. Traffic count data was gathered in late 2015 and was funded by the Longview Economic Development Corporation. A printable 2015 Traffic Count Map and an 2015 Traffic Count interactive map are now available.
    • Please review our FY 15 Annual Project Listing.  Projects in this report are broken down into four categories: roadway, transit, bicycle & pedestrian and grouped projects.  Click here to see the report.