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New Mexico Department of Transportation's (NMDOT) Transit and Rail Division provides information to transit providers and the public on public transit service, rules and regulations, applying for federal transit grant programs, transit and rail plans and programs, and permitting procedures for accessing and crossing rail right-of-way. Please see the links below for necessary information for transit providers and grant applicants, as well as other transit related information for transit agencies and the public. The Transit & Rail Division also wants you to know that our staff is available to offer technical assistance, help answer questions, and put you in contact with others who have the same interests and goals.

Frank Sharpless,  Transit and Rail Division Director
Office: 505-827-5607 frankj.sharpless@state.nm.us

Office Location: 1350 Alta Vista St., SB-4, PO Box 1149, Santa Fe, NM 87505


David Harris, Transit Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-5420 davidc.harris@state.nm.us
Greg White, Transit Planning and Service Coordination Manager
Office: 505-476-4137 greg.white@state.nm.us
Marcy Eppler, Rural Transit Programs Manager
Office: 505-827-5435 marsha.eppler@state.nm.us


  • Manages the New Mexico Park and Ride intercity bus service.
  • Provides technical and coordination assistance to public and private non-profit transit operators.
  • Administers federal transit grants used by the state’s larger municipalities for Rideshare programs.
  • Administers federal transit planning grants used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Metropolitan Planning Program (Section 5303).
  • Administers Congestion Mitigation Air Quality and Surface Transportation Program Urban funds used for transit purposes from the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Assists local governments to establish Regional Transit Districts (RTDs) and then assists the RTDs to plan, coordinate and implement service.


FY 2014 FTA Section 5310 and 5311 Budget Awards
PDF of meeting agenda and packet

FY 2013 FTA Section 5310, 5311, 5316, 5317 Budget Awards
PDF of meeting agenda and packet

FY 2012 FTA Section 5310, 5311, 5316, 5317 Budget Awards
PDF of meeting agenda and packet

Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plans

State Management Plan

Vehicle Procurement

Title VI

Federal Transit Administration Legislation, Regulations and Guidance


Application Guide

FY 2015 Applications

Letter of Intent to Apply for FY 2015 transit grant funds - deadline passed -  July 5, 2013

Complete applications were due to NMDOT's Transit and Rail Division by August 30, 2013.

FY 2015 Regional Prioritization Evaluation Measures/Criteria


William Craven, Rail Bureau Chief
Office: 505-827-5263 william.craven@state.nm.us
Robert Fine, Rail Facilities and Permitting Manager
Office: 505-827-5133 robert.fine@state.nm.us

  • Manages NM Rail Runner Express passenger rail service in partnership with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District.
  • Provides support for commuter rail planning and operations for existing and proposed passenger rail service.
  • Responsible for preparing and updating the New Mexico State Rail Plan
  • Manages the inspection, maintenance and improvement of NMDOT-owned  railroad property
  • Applies for and administers Federal Railroad Administration grants
  • Manages the railroad grade crossing safety improvement program
  • Manages the railroad grade crossing permitting process


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is developing a State Rail Plan to describe the current status of the New Mexico rail system, demonstrate the demand for and the benefits of the rail system, and identify capital infrastructure and operating needs. The Plan will also provide a strategic vision and implementation steps to help guide decisions and investments affecting New Mexico’s rail system. Ultimately, developing a State Rail Plan that complies with Federal requirements will help position NMDOT to take advantage of emerging Federal planning and funding programs that can facilitate implementation of statewide rail improvements.

Process and Schedule

The State Rail Plan is being developed with input from rail stakeholders and the public.  Rail stakeholders include the state's passenger and freight railroads, freight shippers, passenger rail advocates, transit agencies, state and federal agencies, local governments, tribal governments, and the states bordering New Mexico.  A Draft Rail Plan was published for stakeholder and public review and comment October 1, 2013.  In the fall of 2013, NMDOT will conduct public meetings on the Draft State Rail Plan and make presentations to New Mexico's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) to solicit comments through January 3, 2014.  The final State Rail Plan will be submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration for approval in 2014.

During the Fall of 2010 NMDOT obtained input from rail stakeholders and the general public.  Interviews were conducted with each of the state's railroads to document their operations, needs, and other issues.  Rail stakeholders were invited to participate in a series of stakeholder workshops held in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces and also to complete a survey to identify their rail needs and issues.  Presentations were made to each of the MPOs and RPOs to describe the State Rail Plan and to solicit input from attendees.  NMDOT welcomes additional input from stakeholders and the public, which can be sent to Rail.Plan@state.nm.us.