The Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau (MPPB) is charged with developing the statewide long range multimodal transportation plan called the New Mexico 2040 Plan (or simply, 2040 Plan), the State Freight Plan, NMDOT’s Public Involvement Plan (PIP) and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). The 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 oversees the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Equestrian (BPE) Program, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), as well as projects previously funded through the Safe Routes to School and Scenic Byways programs. The Bureau’s activities and projects are included in the Planning Division's Planning Work Program.
Jessica Griffin, AICP, Bureau Chief
SECTIONS AND PROGRAMS
RELATED BUREAUS AND RESOURCES
Other Support Documents
The Multimodal Planning and Programs 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.
Rosa Kozub, AICP, Government to Government (GTG) Unit Supervisor
The MPPB and GTG Unit work on a number of unique projects, to improve transportation safety, reliability, and options. This section promotes some of those highlighted projects.
The Gallup Area Transportation Safety Plan and the Española Fairview Corridor Safety Improvement Plan were developed as part of the NMDOT Regional Transportation Safety Plan Program. These plans were developed to address mobility safety issues in these communities. Both of the communities had higher than expected fatal and serious crashes occurring in their respective communities and were both interested in working with the NMDOT to assess and develop a plan to help make the communities safer for all roadway users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and vehicular users. Both plans utilize a data-driven approach and engaged the area and regional stakeholders to understand the issues. The plans include community-specific solutions and implementation programs.
Planning staff also serve as liaisons to New Mexico's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs).
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:
Regional Transportation Planning Organizations are state-designated entities that orchestrate rural transportation planning, covering regions outside of MPO boundaries. New Mexico has seven RTPOs:
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.
Debbie Hudson, MPO/RTPO Liaison (SWRTPO, SCRTPO, SERTPO, MVMPO and EPMPO)
Neala Krueger, MPO/RTPO Liaison (MRMPO, MRRTPO and NWRTPO)
Joseph Moriarty, AICP, MPO/RTPO Liaison (FMPO, SFMPO, NPRTPO and NERTPO)
The purpose of Tribal Liaison at NMDOT is to maintain the government-to-government relationships outlined in New Mexico's State-Tribal Collaboration Act and to assure compliance with the federal tribal coordination requirements. The NMDOT 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 is proactive in conducting outreach, mediating misunderstandings between tribal entities and the NMDOT and building close relationships based on experience and accountability.
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.
The Prioritized Statewide Bicycle Network Plan (NM Bike Plan), adopted by NMDOT in December 2018, is a long-range infrastructure plan that identifies which NMDOT owned and maintained roadways are desirable for bicycle infrastructure investment through the establishment of a statewide priority network, as called for in the 2040 Plan. The plan provides design guidelines to inform the implementation of bikeways along the priority network during major roadway rehabilitation or reconstruction. The NM Bike Plan and Appendix is available to view/download as a PDF from the related links below.
Shannon Glendenning, Active Transportation Programs Supervisor / BPE Coordinator
Bicycle Map Links:
The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a Federal reimbursement 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 current NM Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide can be downloaded to the right.
TAP Annual Reports
Recreational Trails Program
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal reimbursement program and provides 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 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. The most current NMDOT Active Transportation and Recreational Programs can be downloaded to the right.
RTP Annual Reports
Active Transportation Programs Federal Fiscal Year 2020+ Call for Projects Report
This report covers the recent statewide call for projects for three federally funded active transportation programs: the TAP, RTP and Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ). Managed by the NMDOT Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau, these programs fund bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, construction and maintenance of recreational trails, and planning and infrastructure projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality around the state.
Maggie Moore, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) / Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Coordinator
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.
New Mexico DOT's HSIP is guided by the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), a statewide, comprehensive effort to reduce fatalities and incapacitating (serious) injuries on New Mexico's roadways for all modes and users (motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other transportation users). The 2016 NM Strategic Highway Safety Plan is available to view/download as a PDF (22 MB) from the related links to the right.
Jessica Griffin, AICP, Acting HSIP Coordinator
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program provides a flexible funding source to the State and T/LPAs for transportation projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Mandatory CMAQ funding is made available to areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter (for nonattainment areas) and for former nonattainment areas that are now in the early years of compliance (maintenance areas). Non-mandatory CMAQ funding is administered by NMDOT and is available statewide for projects and programs that improve air quality and reduce congestion. The most current CMAQ program guide outlines the process for applying for funds, identifies eligible entities, and lists eligible projects from the NMDOT non-mandatory CMAQ apportionment and can be downloaded to the right. Approximately every two years, NMDOT coordinates with the state’s seven RTPOs and five MPOs on soliciting CMAQ applications.
Sky Tallman, CMAQ Coordinator
The Technical and Freight Planning (T&FP) Unit manages freight planning efforts, including maintaining and guiding implementation of the New Mexico State Freight Plan, and coordinates with freight partners within the state as well as external partners; maintains roadway classification systems, including the Functional Classification System, National Highway System (NHS), and freight-specific classifications;provides technical support, including maintenance of the New Mexico Statewide Travel Demand Model (NMSTDM).
Paul Sittig, Technical and Freight Planning Supervisor
David Nelson, Travel Demand Modeler
Jeanetta Bachand, Technical and Freight Planner
NMLTAP — a Program that solves problems
The New Mexico Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center provides local and tribal agencies with a variety of adaptable tools—training events, technology transfer resources, and personalized on-site heavy equipment training—to improve their transportation operations. NM LTAP does not provide engineering services, but does offer proven solutions to many transportation problems.
What Services does NMLTAP Provide?
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or need additional information please contact the UNM NMLTAP center.
New Mexico LTAP Center
UNM NMLTAP resources and information