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Transportation Programs and Functions

NMDOT contracts with each regional COG to manage RTPO’s which deliver: A local prioritization of transportation related projects. A forum for communication and discussion on transportation related, policies, issues, and training opportunities. A network for technical assistance on transportation related funding sources and cycles.


Planning Procedures Manual


The purpose of this Planning Procedures Manual (Manual) is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of the New Mexico Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA-NM), Federal Transit Administration Region 6 (FTA Region 6), NMDOT, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) in carrying out their part of the state’s federally mandated statewide transportation planning program.

Public Involvement Plan


The purpose of this Plan is to guide the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) public involvement activities for statewide planning. NMDOT is committed to conducting planning activities openly and transparently, and providing citizens with an opportunity to learn about and participate in the transportation planning process.



Local Government Road Fund Program


The Local Government Road Fund Unit of the New Mexico Department of Transportation shall have the responsibility to monitor the Local Government Road Fund Program. This handbook outlines the procedures, which serve as guidelines for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Municipalities, Counties, Indian Tribes/Pueblos, and other State and Federal Agencies participating in the Local Government Road Fund Program.

Highway Safety Improvement Program


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.

Transportation Alternative Program


The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a Federal‐Aid funding 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.

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.

2010 - present

2010 - present

State Management Plan For The Administration Of Federal Transit Grants


The primary objective of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Transit and Rail Division is to assist the State in the establishment and maintenance of public, private and non-profit passenger transportation systems. This assistance is provided by the Transit and Rail Division through a working relationship with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as well as Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), local and tribal governments, and transit providers.



Managemnet Plan



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