The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.
When MAG was formed in 1967, the elected officials recognized the need for long-range planning and policy development on a regional scale. They realized that many issues such as transportation, air quality and human services affected residents beyond the borders of their individual jurisdictions.
MAG was founded in the spirit of cooperation. MAG members believe that by uniting, they can solve common problems, take an active role in long-range regional issues and address concerns that affect all of the communities.
MAG is the regional air quality planning agency and metropolitan planning organization for transportation for all jurisdictions in Maricopa County, including the Phoenix urbanized area and the contiguous urbanized area in Pinal County, including the Town of Florence and City of Maricopa. MAG has also been designated by the Governor to serve as the principal planning agency for the region in a number of other areas, including water quality and solid waste management. In addition, through an Executive Order from the Governor, MAG develops population estimates and projections for the region.
The Spine Study: Interstate-10 and Interstate-17 Corridor Master Plan
The Maricopa Association of Governments, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation, launched The Spine Study to develop a Corridor Master Plan for the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 corridor. This corridor is referred to as the “Spine,” because it serves as the backbone for transportation in the metropolitan Phoenix area. In fact, the corridor handles more than 40 percent of all daily freeway traffic in the region. Click here to learn more about the Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 corridor master plan.
Expanding the Border Zone in Arizona
Every year, thousands of frequent, low-risk visitors travel from Mexico into Arizona utilizing a border crossing card, conducting business, visiting with family and friends, or shopping. The cards are considered one of the most secure border travel documents. Visitors traveling with border crossing cards put tens of millions of dollars into the Arizona economy annually. Expanding the border zone requires an administrative change through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Join the Maricopa Association of Governments and its partners in an “action team” to provide input into and support the border zone extension requests. Click here to view our video presentation on Expanding the Border Zone in Arizona.
Web Cards Help Track Progress of Projects
MAG, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Transportation, has developed a new user-friendly way for members of the public to track projects that are being implemented as part of the Regional Transportation Plan funded by Proposition 400. A web-based, one-page card has been developed for each freeway project. Each card provides information such as a description of the project, its benefits, and a timeline. The first set of project cards are available on the MAG website at http://projectcards.azmag.gov.
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