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Border Trade Advisory Committee

The Border Trade Advisory Committee provides a forum for the exchange of communications between the Transportation Commission, TxDOT, the governor and committee members representing border trade interests. The committee's advice and recommendations will provide them with a broad perspective regarding the effect of transportation choices on border trade in general and on particular communities. The members of the committee also provide an avenue for interested parties to express opinions with regard to border trade issues.

The border commerce coordinator designated under Government Code, §772.010, currently Secretary of State John Steen, shall serve as the chair of the committee. The Transportation Commission will appoint the other members of the committee in accordance with Transportation Code, §201.114. Members are appointed to staggered three-year terms expiring on August 31 of each year, except that the Transportation Commission may establish terms of less than three years for some members in order to stagger terms.


Committee Members

Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Brownsville MPO
Mayor Tony Martinez
City of Brownsville

El Paso MPO
Mayor Walter Miller
City of Horizon

Harlingen-San Benito MPO
Mayor Joe Hernandez
City of San Benito

Hidalgo County MPO
Commissioner Joe Garza
City of Edinburg

Laredo MPO
Mayor Raul Salinas
City of Laredo

Midland Odessa Transportation Organization
Council Member Dr. Jimmy Goates
Odessa City Council

Ports of Entry
B&M Bridge
Juan Pablo Sepulveda, Director of Operations
Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Company

Lake Falcon Dam Crossing
Lake Amistad Dam Crossing
Fort Hancock-El Porvenir Bridge
Fabens-Caseta Bridge
Bridge of the Americas
Commissioner Ed Drusina
International Boundary and Water Commission

McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges
Rigo Villarreal, Superintendent
McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas Bridges

Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on the Rise
Jesse Medina, Bridge Director
City of Pharr

Presidio Bridge
Michael O'Toole, Bridge Division

Progreso International Bridge
Sam R. Sparks, President
B&P Bridge Company of Weslaco

Rio Grande City-Camargo Bridge
Sam F. Vale, President
Starr-Camargo Bridge Company

Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates
Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios
Gateway International Bridge
Pete Sepulveda, Jr., Director
International Bridge System, Cameron County

Yselta-Zaragoza Bridge
Good Neighbor Bridge
Paso del Norte Bridge
Said Larbi-Cherif, Bridge Director
City of El Paso

University Research Centers
Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research
Texas Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System, El Paso
Rafael M. Aldrete, Ph.D., Program Manager

College of Engineering
Center for Transportation Research
University of Texas at Austin
Rob Harrison, Deputy Director

Regional Mobility Authorities
Cameron County
David Allex, Chair
City and County Officials
Del Rio
Mayor Roberto Fernandez

Zapata County
Rosalva Guerra, Zapata County Judge

International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank)
Eddie Aldrete, Senior Vice President

Laredo Development Foundation
Javier Garza (President)

Port of Brownsville
Eduardo Campirano, Port Director

Port of Corpus Christi
Judy Hawley, Port Commissioner

Port of San Antonio
Jorge Canavati, Vice President, Business Development