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The Statewide Planning Bureau ensures compliance with federal and state planning regulations for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and, for the non-metropolitan consultation process, through working with Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO). The Bureau is charged with developing the Statewide Long Range Multimodal Transportation Plan, the NMDOT’s Public Involvement Plan and the Comprehensive Transportation Safety Plan. The Bureau oversees the Transportation Alternatives Program, Scenic Byways Program, Safe Routes to Schools Program and Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian Program.  The Bureau provides coordination and technical assistance and training to local and tribal governments for local project implementation.

Anne McLaughlin, Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-5508
Cell: 505-699-7130

Government to Government

The Statewide Planning Bureau’s Government to Government (GTG) Unit monitors state and federal legislation pertaining to transportation appropriations and policies; conducts research into national Best Practices related to state transportation planning programs; develops and oversees implementation of the Statewide Long Range Plan (SLRP) and the Public Involvement Plan; provides technical assistance, including transportation modeling and analysis, to other planning efforts initiated by the Department; coordinates local involvement in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP); manages the Safe Routes To School, Scenic Byways, Transportation Alternatives, Bicycle/Pedestrian and Equestrian and Tribal Outreach programs.

The GTG Unit administers contracts for seven RTPO and five MPOs, and works closely with NMDOT’s District Offices, STIP Unit, Design Regions and other Divisions to ensure proactive enforcement of state and federal laws.  

Jessica Griffin, Government to Government Unit Supervisor
Office: 505-476-2155
Cell: 505-490-1121

Bicycle, Pedestrian and Equestrian (BPE) Coordinator

The BPE Coordinator serves as a resource for NMDOT staff on BPE-related issues.  The Coordinator also provides residents and visitors with information on cycling through New Mexico.


Rosa Kozub, Bicycle Pedestrian Equestrian Coordinator
Office: 505-476-3742

RTPO/MPO Liaisons

Planning staff also serve as liaisons to New Mexico's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) - and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO).

Section 112 of the Federal Highway Act of 1973 and subsequent federal transportation legislation require that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) conduct comprehensive transportation planning for metropolitan areas with populations of 50,000 or more. 

New Mexico has four MPOs:

  • Farmington
  • Las Cruces
  • Mid Region (Albuquerque area)
  • Santa Fe
  • In addition, the City of Sunland Park on the New Mexico/Texas/Mexico border is within the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Area. 

Federal law requires MPOs to develop Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and long-range transportation plans. 

Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) are state-designated entities that orchestrate rural transportation planning.

New Mexico has six RTPOs

  • Mid-Region Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (MRRTPO)
  • Northeast Regional Transporation Planning Organization (NERTPO)
  • Northern Pueblos Regional Planning Organization (NPRTPO)
  • Northwest Regional Planning Organization (NWRTPO)
  • South Central Regional Planning Organization (SCRTPO)
  • Southeast Regional Planning Organization (SERTPO)
  • Southwest Regional Planning Organization (SWRTPO)

Each RTPO is comprised of a Policy Committee and a Technical Committee or a joint committee where appropriate.
RTPO Policy Committee members represent the governmental entities that comprise the RTPO and are authorized to make decisions on their behalf. Technical Committee members are professional staff who provide technical expertise to the transportation planning process.

Brian Degani, MPO/RTPO Liaison (NWRPO, and Farmington MPO)
Office: 505-827-5506

Aaron Detter, MPO/RTPO Liaison (NPRTPO
Cell: 505-467-9454

Jolene Herrera, MPO/RTPO Liaison (SCRPO, SERPO, SWRPO, (Mesilla Valley and El Paso MPO)
Office: 575-525-7358

Jason Coffey, MPO/RTPO Liaison (Mid Region MPO, Mid Region RTPO, Santa Fe MPO)
Office: 505-827-6840

Paul Sittig, MPO/RTPO Liaison (NERTPO)
Office: 505-827-3271

Native American Transportation Liaison

The purpose of Native American Transportation Liaison at NMDOT is to maintain the Government to Government relationships outlined in the New Mexico State Tribal Relations Act and to assure compliance with the federal tribal coordination requirements.  The NMDOT has increased its participation and partnership with tribal governments significantly since 2004 through completing Memoranda of Agreement (MOA)s and Joint Powers Agreement (JPA)s with all of the pueblos and tribal nations in the State. In addition, New Mexico is one of a small number of states that support and encourage tribal participation in the MPO and RPO State transportation planning processes. The NMDOT Tribal Liaison has been proactive in conducting outreach, mediating misunderstandings between tribal entities and the NMDOT and building close relationships based on experience and accountability.

Ron D. Shutiva, Native American Tribal Liaison
Office: 505- 827-5547
Cell: 505-670-5465

Scenic Byways

Due to MAP-21, the current transportation authorization bill, no new grants are being made under the Scenic Byways Program. NMDOT administers outstanding contracts remaining from SAFETEA-LU and encourages project sponsors to look to state sources of funding for continued sustenance of their programs. In addition, a few eligibilities under Scenic Byways have been rolled into the Transportation Alternatives Program. More information can be obtained by following the links to the right.

Aaron Detter, Scenic Byways Coordinator
Cell: 505-467-9454

Transportation Alternatives Program

The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is administered by the TAP Coordinator in the Government to Government (GTG) Unit. TAP is a Federal‐Aid funding program authorized through MAP‐21. TAP funds can generally be used for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and activities, in addition to other projects, as outlined in the NM TAP Guide. Each state’s department of transportation administers the program using its own competitive process, in accordance with the law. Approximately every two years, NMDOT coordinates with the state’s seven RTPOs and five MPOs on soliciting TAP applications. The most recent NM TAP Guide can be downloaded to the right.

Rosa Kozub, TAP Coordinator
Office: 505-476-3742

Recreational Trails Program

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides federal funding to eligible entities within New Mexico to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized uses. These Federal transportation funds benefit recreationists who enjoy hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrianism, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, and off-road four-wheel driving. NMDOT is pleased to provide access to funding for quality, diverse recreational trail projects that will improve New Mexicans’ quality of life all across the state.

Aaron Detter, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator
Office: 505-827-5117


Local Technical Assistance Program

NMLTAP a Program that solves problems
It is through personalized assistance that NMLTAP is able to adapt its program to address the unique challenges faced by our customers.  The Center provides local and tribal agencies with a variety of adaptable tools—training events, technology transfer resources, and personalized on-site heavy equipment training—for improving their transportation operations. 
NM LTAP does not provide engineering services; we do offer proven solutions to many transportation problems. If you have any questions regarding eligibility or need additional information please call your NMLTAP Center at (800) 523-3028.

What Services does NMLTAP Provide?

  • Publish a quarterly newsletter
  • Maintain the Lending, Multi-Media, and Resource Libraries
  • Provide information regarding transportation issues
  • Conduct Training based on local or tribal needs; Worker/Work Place Safety, Workforce Development, Highway Safety, and Infrastructure Management
  • Provide assistance, referrals, or information through on-site, telephone, or email consultation 

Every Day Counts
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Adaptive Signal Control
Warm-Mix Asphalt
Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System

www.nmltap.com      nmltap@state.nm.us

Fax: (505) 988-7283

Lee Cabeza de Vaca, Program Director
Office: 505-827-5267

Eric Garcia, Staff Development
Office: 505-827-5563
Cell: 505-249-1282

Barbara Valencia, Program Assistant
Office: 505-827-5519

Data Management

The Data Management Bureau provides planning and engineering data to NMDOT staff, FHWA, government, businesses, and the public. The Data Management Bureau oversees:

  • Traffic Data Reporting which processes all traffic count data, reports monthly to FHWA, provides traffic forecasts to PDEs.
  • Traffic Data Collection that collects short term traffic counts and maintains permanent count network of 120 sites.
  • Weigh In Motion which maintains 16 sites, plans for new sites and upgrades.
  • TIMS/Field Verification maintains road inventory database, produces HPMS report.

Posted Routes - Legal Discription

Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) listings for the Interstate, NM, and US Routes are listed.  Please reference the Cover Page for the TIMS Database Listings for interpretation and use of the data. Call 827-5529, 827-5553, or 827-5545 for questions and inquires on any other routes.

Yolanda Duran, Data Management Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-0961

Elizer Pena, Traffic Data Reporting Supervisor
Office: 505-827-5529

Jack Yates, Tims/Field Verification Section  Staff Manager
Office: 505-827-5299