(LAREDO)- Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, on Monday (Nov. 17) administered the oath of office to the initial board members of the new Webb County-City of Laredo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA).
Webb County appointees to the RMA’s board are Carlos Flores, Viviana Frank, Steve LaMantia and Albert Muller Sr. The City of Laredo appointed Enrique Valdez, David Arredondo and José Murillo, and soon will name a fourth appointee. Governor Rick Perry appointed Ruben Soto Jr., who will serve as the board’s Chair.
“These appointees are accomplished community leaders, and I am confident that they will be successful in their challenging new role,” Senator Zaffirini said. “It was my pleasure to administer their oaths of office as they began their official duties as board members of our new RMA.”
Approved by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2014, the new RMA was facilitated by the passage in 2013 of House Bill 1198 by Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, and Senator Zaffirini. The legislation facilitated funding critical local transportation projects contingent upon the creation of an RMA, a local transportation authority that can build, operate and maintain roads and other transportation projects.
“The creation of an RMA will allow Webb County and the City of Laredo to collaborate better in addressing our community’s long-term transportation needs and priorities,” Senator Zaffirini said. “These priorities include improving the safety and efficiency of our transportation system and completing critical projects such as upgrades to Loop 20 and U.S. Highway 59 that will hasten the completion of the future Interstate 69.”