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Federal Agencies

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)
The United States Government’s transportation information home page. The page contains links to various programs and other research information.

Bureau of Transportation Statistics
BTS provides statistical information regarding all sectors of transportation for the United States. Information can vary from rider ship profiles to linking with census information, to freight shipment.

Federal Highway Administration
FHWA administrates surface transportation along highways and the interstate system. The Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users, replaced the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. FHWA maintains several pages regarding the various aspects of the current legislation. Learn more at the SAFETEA-LU web site.

Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration provides federal dollars and assistance to programs of mass transit and public transportation. These services can be anything from jitney service to full rail programs.

Federal Aviation Administration
The FAA is in charge of providing many services and enforcing regulations on public and private sectors of aviation. They inspect airport design and maintenance; provide safety information and regulations for maintaining operational aircraft, and monitor air traffic.

National Traffic Safety Administration
A vital source for transportation safety information including new technology, accident information, and highway construction studies.

Transportation Research Board
The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research.

State Agencies

Texas Department of Transportation
TX DOT logo TxDOT is a state agency responsible for constructing and maintaining interstate highways, U.S. highways, state highways, and farm to market roads in Texas. The Amarillo District Office is instrumental in regional transportation planning aspects. They also register motor vehicles, provide travel information, license automobile dealers, and oversee many other programs and services.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state.

Texas Natural Resources Information System
The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), a Division of the Texas Water Development Board, is the state’s clearinghouse for maps, aerial photos, and digital natural resources data. TNRIS also serves as a distribution center for U.S. Geological Survey maps and has numerous other map collections available for in-house use or reproduction.

Local Government, MPO’s, and COG’s

City of Amarillo
The City of Amarillo is the fiscal agent for and houses the Amarillo Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Association of Texas MPO’s
The Association of Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations was established to: provide a conduit for exchange of information and ideas, coordinate participation in state and federal policy development, promote professional development and continuing education, promote and develop better transportation planning in the State of Texas, and enhance working partnerships with the Texas Department of Transportation, and the various agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs’ abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems.

National Association of Regional Councils
The National Association of Regional Councils represents and advocates for the interests of regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations – rural and urban, large and small – at the national level.

Panhandle Regional Planning Commission
panhandle regional planning commission logoThe Panhandle Regional Planning Commission is a voluntary association of cities, counties, and special districts in the Texas Panhandle. The Planning Commission assists local governments in planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the general health, safety, and welfare of the citizens in the Texas Panhandle.

Potter County
Potter County is a member of the MPO Policy and Technical Committees.

Randall County
Randall County is a member of the MPO Policy and Technical Committees.

Academic Research Centers

Texas Transportation Institute
Headquartered in College Station as part of the Texas A&M System, TTI provides information on almost every aspect of transportation research available. TTI is the largest source of transportation research in Texas.

Center for Transportation Research U.T. Austin
CTR is a nationally recognized research institution focusing on transportation research, education, and public service. We invite you to review our programs, facility, and professional research staff.

ITS America
ITS America has been the foremost advocate for the development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems in the U.S. Our members include private corporations, public agencies, academic institutions, and research centers. These members share a common goal: to improve the safety, security and efficiency of the nation’s transportation system for the traveling public through the deployment of ITS.

Transportation Legislation and Organizations

FHWA maintains this page for those interested in the new law signed in August 2005.

Texas Legislature ONLINE
The Texas State Legislature homepage, search these databases for current and past state legislation.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials advocates transportation-related policies and provides technical services to support states in their efforts to efficiently and safely move people and goods.

Safe Routes to School
safe routes logoSafe Routes to Schools is a popular program spreading across Canada and the U.S. designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community. The program promotes walking and biking to school through education and incentives.

American Planning Association
The American Planning Association (APA) is a nonprofit public interest and research organization representing over 39,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.

Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association
The Mission of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association is to advocate the profession of planning, providing expertise and processes that empower citizens to be engaged in the development and sustainability of Great Communities in Texas.

Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition
The Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor is a planned, multimodal transportation corridor that will facilitate the efficient transportation of goods and services from Mexico, through West Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma, and ultimately on into Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This study is a joint effort by the four state Departments of Transportation.

Bicycle & Pedestrian

FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Information
The FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that requirements in legislation are understood and met by the States and other implementing agencies.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.

Pedestrian Information Center
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center’s mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.

Texas Bicycle Coalition
The mission of Texas Bicycle Coalition is to advance bicycle access, safety and education in Texas.

Transit Organizations

Amarillo City Transit
The City of Amarillo provides public transit service, operated by the Amarillo City Transit (ACT). ACT service includes both fixed route transit and demand response paratransit service.

Community Links


Amarillo Rick Husband International Airport
airport logoAmarillo International Airport is a self-sufficient department of the City of Amarillo. It continues to provide high quality service to the citizens of Amarillo as well as the passenger airlines that serve the area, the armed forces, and private companies and individuals dependent on the airport.