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Planning

The Statewide Planning Bureau ensures compliance with federal and state planning regulations for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and, for the non-metropolitan consultation process, through working with Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs). The Bureau is charged with developing the statewide long range multimodal transportation plan called the New Mexico 2040 Plan (or simply 2040 Plan), NMDOT’s Public Involvement Plan (PIP) and the Comprehensive Transportation Safety Plan (CTSP). The Bureau oversees the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian (BPE) Program, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Safe Routes to School, and Scenic Byways. The Bureau provides coordination and technical assistance and training to local and tribal governments for local project implementation.

New Mexico 2040 Plan

The 2040 Plan was adopted by Cabinet Secretary Tom Church in September 2015, and the final plan documents are available for download below:

Other Support Documents

Tamara P. Haas, P.E., Asset Management & Planning Division Director
Office: 505-795-2126
TamaraP.Haas@state.nm.us


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 2040 Plan and the Public Involvement Plan (PIP); 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 Transportation Alternatives, Recreational Trails , Bicycle/Pedestrian and Equestrian, Tribal Outreach, Safe Routes To School, and Scenic Byways 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
Jessica.Griffin@state.nm.us

Brian Degani, transportation modeling and GIS support
Office: 505-827-5506
Brian.Degani@state.nm.us


MPO and RTPO Liaisons

Planning staff also serve as liaisons to New Mexico's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs).

MPOs
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. Federal law requires MPOs to develop Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and long-range transportation plans. New Mexico has five MPOs:

  • Farmington (FMPO)
  • Santa Fe (SFMPO)
  • Albuquerque area (Mid-Region, MRMPO)
  • Las Cruces (Mesilla Valley, MVMPO)
  • El Paso MPO (EPMPO) spans the New Mexico/Texas border to cover the City of Sunland Park in New Mexico; as such, NMDOT coordinates with EPMPO for activities in this region.

RTPOs
Regional Transportation Planning Organizations are state-designated entities that orchestrate rural transportation planning, covering regions outside of MPO boundaries. New Mexico has seven RTPOs:

  • Northwest (NWRTPO)
  • Northern Pueblos (NPRTPO)
  • Northeast (NERTPO)
  • Mid-Region (MRRTPO)
  • South Central (SCRTPO)
  • Southeast (SERTPO)
  • Southwest (SWRTPO)

Each RTPO is comprised of a Policy Committee and a Technical Committee, though some RTPOs join these committees. 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.

Robin Elkin, MPO/RTPO Liaison (FMPO, SFMPO and NPRTPO)
Cell: 505-321-8380
Robin.Elkin@state.nm.us

Jolene Herrera, MPO/RTPO Liaison (SCRTPO, SERTPO, SWRTPO, MVMPO and EPMPO)
Office: 575-525-7358
Jolenem.Herrera@state.nm.us

Wade Patterson, MPO/RTPO Liaison (MRMPO, MRRTPO and NWRTPO)
Cell: 505-629-7786
Wade.Patterson@state.nm.us

Paul Sittig, RTPO Liaison (NERTPO)
Office: 505-827-3271
Paul.Sittig@state.nm.us


Native American Tribal Liaison

The purpose of Tribal 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 Agreements (MOAs) and Joint Powers Agreements (JPAs) 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 RTPO 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, Tribal Liaison
Office: 505- 827-5547
Cell: 505-670-5465
Ron.Shutiva@state.nm.us


Bicycle, Pedestrian and Equestrian Coordinator

The Bicycle, Pedestrian and Equestrian (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
Rosa.Kozub@state.nm.us

City Bicycle Map Links:


    Active Transportation and Recreational Programs

Transportation Alternatives Program
The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a Federal‐Aid funding program authorized through the FAST Act as part of the new Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program. TAP funds can generally be used for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and activities, in addition to other projects, as outlined in the NM Active Transportation and Recreational Programs 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 Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide can be downloaded to the right.

TAP Annual Reports

Dan Watts, Transportation Alternatives Program Coordinator
Cell: 505-470-8545
Danial.Watts@state.nm.us

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.

RTP Annual Reports

Aaron Detter, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator
Office: 505-827-5117
Aaron.Detter@state.nm.us


Highway Safety Improvement Program

The goal of the federally-funded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as authorized in the FAST Act is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal lands. The HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance. Approximately $22 million is available to the NMDOT per federal fiscal year. Eligible entities include NMDOT Districts, and Tribal and Local Public Agencies (T/LPAs). Application information is distributed by the NMDOT through the MPOs and RTPOs. The funds are also programmed through the MPO/RTPO planning process and distributed through Cooperative Agreements with the T/LPAs.

Jessica Griffin, Government to Government Unit Supervisor/Interim HSIP Coordinator
Jessica.Griffin@state.nm.us


Scenic Byways

Under MAP-21, the prior transportation authorization bill, no new grants were 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.

Aaron Detter, Scenic Byways Coordinator
Office: 505-827-5117
Aaron.Detter@state.nm.us


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

Fax: (505) 988-7283

Aaron Detter, Interim Point of Contact
Office: 505-827-5117
Aaron.Detter@state.nm.us

Eric Garcia, Staff Development
Office: 505-827-5563
Cell: 505-249-1282
Eric.Garcia@state.nm.us

Barbara Valencia, Program Assistant
Office: 505-827-5519
Barbara.Valencia@state.nm.us


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

Posted Routes - Legal Descriptions

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
and interim Roadway Inventory Program Manager
Office: 505-827-0961
Yolanda.Duran@state.nm.us

Sean Noonen, Traffic Monitoring Program Staff Manager
Cell: 505-490-7202
Sean.Noonen3@state.nm.us

Santiago J. Montoya, Crash Data Staff Manager
Office: 505-827-5552
Santiago.Montoya@state.nm.us