Recently, the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) presented
State Representative Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, with the Special Meritorious
Service by an Elected Official Award.
During the Indiana MPO’s annual conference in Terre Haute, Soliday received
the award for his efforts to improve the condition of Indiana’s
transportation infrastructure over the last two years.
“I’m honored to receive this award and thankful for the collaboration that
exists between the various regional MPOs and the Legislature to repair,
maintain and improve the condition of Indiana’s transportation
infrastructure,” said Soliday. “The key to economic growth revolves around
the condition of our roads, highways and bridges. To strengthen Indiana’s
economy and to protect the infrastructure we have invested in, we must
maximize government efficiency by building on what works in our state,
consider what other states are doing and focus our attention on where we can
make improvements to secure Indiana’s future.”
According to the Indiana MPO website, Congress passed the Federal Aid
Highway Act in 1962 which requires each urban area to have a MPO in order to
receive particular mass transit and highway funds. Currently, the state has
fourteen regional MPOs that represent thirteen urban areas. The MPOs were
created to assist state and local organizations in the planning process for
future and long-range transportation projects.
Developed by the Indiana MPO, the Special Meritorious Service by an Elected
Official Award recognizes elected officials who reflect their mission and
were essential to improving the condition of Indiana’s transportation
As Chairman of the Roads and Transportation Standing Committee as well as
the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and
Solutions, Soliday received the award for engaging and collaborating with
the various MPOs, the Build Indiana Council and the Association for Cities,
Towns and Counties to define and improve the state’s infrastructure.
In 2011, the transportation study committee, chaired by Soliday, challenged
the Indiana MPO Council to determine the condition of Indiana’s
infrastructure and establish where Indiana needs to be. The council
developed the “Infrastructure Funding vs. Need for MPO Regions” report
which, based on information from the website, detailed the state’s
infrastructure needs, the funding that was available and new mechanisms that
local governments could use to find additional funding.
During the 2013 legislative session, which passed the state’s biennial
budget, the report was an essential piece of evidence that led to the road
funding increase outlined in the budget.
“Protecting our transportation investment continues to be a top priority of
mine. I will continue to communicate and work with other agencies to ensure
that the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure is maintained
and improved, so Indiana remains prosperous for years to come,” said Soliday.