MOTRAN began 25 years ago as an effort to bring the two communities of Midland and Odessa together, so that ultimately, they did not get left out.
The short answer is that effort has been a tremendous success.
Whether its was billions of dollars of additional roadway funding for the Permian Basin, local leveraging to expedite investments in critical infrastructure for a growing community and to address safety
concerns, or an international trade corridor which is paralleled by pipelines that have created massive growth for Permian produced natural gas, we have been ahead of the pack.
We created a safety program and helped bring about attention by other groups about the need to improve roadway safety. We also worked to bring about the designation of future interstate corridors like I-14 and I-27 which will serve our region for generations to come.
The I-14 effort was one where MOTRAN worked with others from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to win committee support in the United States Congress for the designation of Interstate 14, through the Permian Basin. That route helps connect our energy production to other
energy plays in the south and the Gulf Coast, while also making strategic connections between critical national defense installations.
While many people think about MOTRAN from a road and highway perspective, we have always been about making connections. Sometimes those connections are roads and highways, sometimes it’s supporting critical pipelines that help move energy production, broadband, or even utility lines to get us
more reliable electric power.
MOTRAN is made up of business and community leaders, and the one thing we realized a long time ago, whether it is growing our existing economic base, diversifying our economy, or just reducing costs to improve business margins and make our region more competitive, improving our ability to move goods, products and services in and out of the Permian Basin in a safe and efficient manner is paramount to our success.
There is a lot of work ahead of us and none of it is easy, but we am committed to accomplishing this work and I can tell you we have a very dedicated board of directors who along with our staff are also deeply committed to seeing our area prosper and grow.
As always, this work would never be possible without our MOTRAN members and strong support from citizens and community leaders throughout the region. We appreciate your support and look forward to great things to come in the year ahead.
— James Beauchamp