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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 (New Mexico Transportation Plan, NMTP), 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.

Anne McLaughlin, Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-5508
Cell: 505-699-7130
Anne.McLaughlin@state.nm.us

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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 New Mexico Transportation Plan (NMTP) 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


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.

New Mexico has seven RTPOs

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

Jason Coffey, MPO/RTPO Liaison (MRMPO, MRRTPO and SFMPO)
Office: 505-827-6840
Jason.Coffey@state.nm.us

Brian Degani, MPO/RTPO Liaison (NWRTPO and FMPO)
Office: 505-827-5506
Brian.Degani@state.nm.us

Aaron Detter, RTPO Liaison (NPRTPO)
Office: 505-827-5117
Aaron.Detter@state.nm.us

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

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Transportation Alternatives Program

The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (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
Rosa.Kozub@state.nm.us


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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
Aaron.Detter@state.nm.us


Highway Safety Improvement Program

The goal of the federally-funded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as authorized in MAP-21 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

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.

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

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Fax: (505) 988-7283

Lee Cabeza de Vaca, Program Director
Office: 505-827-5267
Lee.CabezadeVaca@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 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 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
Office: 505-827-0961
Yolanda.Duran@state.nm.us

Jack Yates, Tims/Field Verification Section Staff Manager
Office: 505-827-5299
Jack.Yates@state.nm.us