New Mexico Transportation Planning

Proper planning is required to create transportation systems that promote efficiency, public transportation, bicycling, and walking. Getting engaged in local transportation planning processes can be one of the most effective ways to encourage efficient transportation options in your community.

New Mexico Statewide Transportation Plan
Federal law (23 U.S.C. 135) requires that each state develop a long-range transportation plan that is based on wide and diverse stakeholder input, addresses multiple modes of transportation (including bicycles and pedestrians), is statewide in scope, and has a 20-year minimum planning horizon.

In 2015, New Mexico adopted the New Mexico 2040 Transportation Plan. Transportation Planning is spearheaded by the New Mexico Department of Transportation Planning Division.

New Mexico Regional Transportation Plans
Federal law also authorizes states to establish and designate Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) to enhance the planning, coordination, and implementation of statewide strategic long-range transportation plans and transportation improvement programs, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of rural areas.

New Mexico has seven RTPOs:

New Mexico Metropolitan Transportation Plans
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are also required to conduct comprehensive transportation planning for metro areas with populations greater than 50,000 people. Federal law requires MPOs to develop transportation improvement programs and long-range transportation plans.

New Mexico has five MPOs:

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