Planning Process Overview
The Arizona-Sonora BMP study began in fall 2011 and is scheduled for completion in November 2012. The planning process involves these five major phases:
- Project Initiation: This phase includes the creation of a Policy Advisory Committee and a Technical Working Group to ensure stakeholder involvement.
- Existing and Future Conditions: During this phase, data is collected from various sources and reviewed.
- Identification of Operational and Infrastructure Needs: The needs of all the POEs, railways, roadways and bridges are identified and analyzed during this phase.
- Evaluation and Prioritization of Potential POE and Transportation Projects
- Draft and Final Report Preparation
Phase I: Completed
The Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of executive-level managers from participating stakeholder agencies. The PAC is responsible for providing the BMP project team direction and final approval of all project parameters and criteria.
The Technical Working Group (TWG) consists of participating stakeholder agency senior staff. The TWG is tasked with providing requested data and information. They are also involved in making recommendations to the PAC. Both the PAC and the TWG will meet regularly throughout the BMP development.
The PAC and TWG members have already been recruited and are actively meeting to contribute to this study.
Phase 2: Completed
Data collection and review began in late 2011 and will continue through early 2012. Information on existing conditions in the study area has been gathered, and data related to future conditions is currently under development. Additionally, an inventory of information for each POE regarding operations and infrastructure has been completed.
Phase 3: Completed
The identification of potential challenges that may arise within the border-related transportation networks (roadways, railways and POEs) and development of the BMP will lead to the identification of possible improvement strategies. The goal is to develop a list of planned and potential future transportation projects along the border, ultimately developing a prioritization for each of these identified projects.
Phases 4: Completed
Evaluation and prioritization of POEs, rail and transportation infrastructure projects.
Phases 5: Completed
Draft and Final Report Preparation
Compile all analyses into a comprehensive and integrated plan for phased improvements to POEs and related transportation facilities.