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.
David Harris, Transit and Rail Division Director
Office Location: 1350 Alta Vista St., SB-4, PO Box 1149, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Division Phone Line: 505-827-3248
Kevin Olinger, Transit Bureau Chief
Deborah Bach, Rural Transit Programs Manager
Gabrielle Chavez, Transit Planning and Service Coordination Manager
TRANSIT PROVIDER RESOURCES
Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plans
State Management Plan
Federal Transit Administration Legislation, Regulations and Guidance
Transit Asset Management
TRANSIT GRANT APPLICATION RESOURCES
FY 2022 Application Notice of Letter of Intent
Regional Prioritization Evaluation Measures/Criteria
Transit Provider Contacts
William Craven, Rail Bureau Chief
Robert Fine, Rail Facilities and Permitting Manager
STATE RAIL PLAN
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) State Rail Plan describes the current status of the New Mexico rail system, demonstrates the demand for and the benefits of the rail system, and identifies capital infrastructure and operating needs. The Plan also provides a strategic vision and implementation steps to help guide decisions and investments affecting New Mexico’s rail system. The State Rail Plan complies with Federal requirements and will help position NMDOT to take advantage of Federal planning and funding programs that can facilitate implementation of statewide rail improvements.
States must update their state rail plans every four years to remain current. A state seeking federal funds for an intercity passenger rail project is required to have that project listed in a current state rail plan accepted by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). However, it is recommended that any rail project that seeks Federal funds be identified in the Rail Plan.
State Rail Plan Update
NMDOT is updating the New Mexico State Rail Plan. NMDOT Staff made presentations (available here) to the State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) to solicit input for the Rail Plan. A Draft State Rail Plan is being prepared for public review and comment.
Presentations to MPOs and RTPOs, as well as public meetings, will occur after publication of the Draft State Rail Plan to present the plan and receive public comments on the Draft State Rail Plan. The schedule for these meetings will appear on this webpage once dates have been set.