The Planning Division is responsible for the planning activities of the NMDOT and ensuring that NMDOT complies with federal planning requirements, including development of New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP) and State Freight Plan, as described in the following section. The two-year Planning Work Program, described below, outlines the projects and programs of the Division. The Division includes three bureaus:
Jessica Griffin, AICP, Acting Division Director
The Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP) serves as the primary framework for guiding decisions at all levels within the NMDOT. The LRSTP is developed by the Planning Division, in coordination with other departments in the NMDOT, and external stakeholders and partners.
The NMDOT is updating the current LRSTP, the 2040 Plan, which will lead to development and adoption of the New Mexico 2045 Plan. The New Mexico 2045 Plan, and the planning process used to produce it, will satisfy federal planning requirements, create a new 25-year transportation vision for New Mexico, and provide NMDOT with information, guidance, and direction to support strategic decision-making. You can find additional information at the New Mexico 2045 Plan website. You can provide your input on transportation issues and priorities in a survey, which takes approximately six minutes to complete.
The 2040 Plan was adopted by Cabinet Secretary Tom Church in September 2015, and the Freight Plan was expanded with addenda in 2017, which were approved as FAST Act compliant by FHWA in November 2017. The final plan and addenda documents are available for download below:
NMDOT Two-Year Planning Work Program
The Planning Work Program (PWP) is a two-year document, developed in accordance with 23 CFR 420.111, that outlines the work to be accomplished by the NMDOT, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) over two consecutive federal fiscal years (FFYs). The Planning Division, consisting of the Multimodal Planning and Programs, Data Management and Research Bureaus, is the lead Division responsible for administering the PWP, which is funded by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds and state or MPO/RTPO match. FHWA funding in the two-year PWP primarily includes State Planning and Research (SPR) funds, Metropolitan Planning (PL) funds and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) funds apportioned to New Mexico in Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) Act enacted on December 4, 2015. National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) funds and Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funds are sometimes included in the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) work programs.
The 2021-22 PWP is a single file, and includes Planning Division activities, Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau activities, Data Management Bureau activities, Local Technical Assistance Program, Research and International Work Program, and SPR Part A Projects in Other Areas of NMDOT:
MPO Unified Planning Work Programs and RTPO Region Work Programs are available on the MPOs’ and RTPOs’ websites, which are linked from the Multimodal Planning and Programs webpage.
The 2019-20 PWP is a single file, and includes Asset Management & Planning Division Activities, Local Technical Assistance Program, Research and International Work Program, MPO Unified Planning Work Programs (UPWPs), and RTPO Regional Work Plans (RWPs):