The Killeen and Temple urbanized areas have experienced considerable growth during the past 10 years, with projected growth to continue. On average, 65,000 cars travel through the region daily on Interstate 35. The harmful emissions from these vehicles contribute to the region’s air quality, and as a result, Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization (KTMPO) has been actively researching and monitoring air quality information to incorporate into regional transportation planning efforts.
Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) was recently the recipient of an air quality grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Established through the Rider 7 Program, the TCEQ grant funds were distributed to several areas within the state that were designated as “near nonattainment” for ozone levels. The CTCOG region is part of that designation. The grant funds allowed CTCOG to establish an air quality program known as Central Texas Air Information and Research (CTAIR). The funds will be used to carry out studies and activities to help ensure that the CTCOG region does not fall into the nonattainment category.