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Click on any category to learn how the Mid-Region Rural Transportation Planning Organization (MRRTPO) is involved in transportation issues in the central region.

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Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

The MRRTPO Regional Transportation Plan was approved by the MRRTPO Committee on August 13, 2015.

The plan will assist local elected officials and citizens from rural Sandoval, Torrance and southern Santa Fe counties in their efforts to identify transportation needs in the region between now and 2040.

pdfView the MRRTPO Regional Transportation Plan

 


Rural Transportation Improvement Program Recommendations (RTIPR)

The Mid-Region Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) did its call for transportation project proposals for potential inclusion in the 2015 Mid-Region Regional Transportation Improvement Program Recommendation (RTIPR) in October 2014. The RTIPR serves as a set of proposed projects from which the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) identifies feasible, fundable projects in the Mid-Region RTPO area. This call for projects applied to the communities in the Mid-Region RTPO area, which includes Torrance, northern Sandoval and southern Santa Fe Counties. The MRRTPO Committee met on February 12, 2015 to rate and rank the 2015 RTIPR. MRRTPO did not do another call for projects in 2015 or 2016, but information about the next call for projects for the RTIPR will be posted here.

pdfView the 2017 RTIPR

Boundary Modification

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The central portion of Valencia County was designated as a newly urbanized area by the US Census Bureau as a result of the 2010 Census. Subsequently, Valencia County and its municipalities voted to join the MRMPO. During the same time period, the pueblos in NMDOT District 3 indicated their desire to join the MPO. This expansion of the boundaries of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area was approved by Governor Martinez in early March 2013 and has resulted in changes to the RTPO boundaries. pdfThe newly designated MPO and RTPO boundaries are shown on the revised map. The list of communities eligible to participate in the Mid-Region RTPO was modified at the same time.

 


The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announced the opening of the call for projects for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding in Federal fiscal years (FFY) 2018 and 2019. The new, combined guide for both TAP and RTP—called the Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide (the “Guide”)—is intended to be a user-focused resource for potential applicants, MPOs and RTPOs, and other stakeholders in identifying and applying for the appropriate funding source based on the specific project type.

View the TAP and RTP Guide for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

On the NMDOT Planning webpage, you will find links to other related information, such as the updated TAP/RTP application, a sample resolution of sponsorship, the Project Feasibility Form (PFF), and the Project Identification Form (PIF). These links, along with other resources, are also included in the Guide and its appendices.

All applications will be submitted to NMDOT via the MPOs and RTPOs according to the process outlined in the Guide. MPOs and RTPOs must set their own specific deadlines according to the funding cycle timeline in section 5A of the Guide in order to allow MPO/RTPO planners enough time to vet applications for eligibility and completeness before submitting them to NMDOT. Please see the MRRTPO schedule below.

 

Mid-Region Rural Transportation Planning Organization (MRRTPO) Schedule for Active Transportation and Recreational Programs
Date Activity
May 2, 2016
Call for projects
 
Please review the Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide: Federal Fiscal Years 2018 & 2019
May 2, 2016
If you are an eligible entity with an eligible project, please complete the Project Feasibility Form (PFF). MRRTPO staff is here to help you complete the PFF, so please let us know if you need assistance.
 
As soon as PFF completed, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
DO NOT COMPLETE THE PIF OR TAP/RTP APPLICATION UNTIL ADVISED TO DO SO.
May 2- September 30, 2016
Once MRRTPO staff receives the completed PFF, MRRTPO will schedule MANDATORY PFF consultation meetings with MRRTPO, local government applicant and NMDOT (liaison, district representative, environment, T/LPA).
 
NMDOT district representative must provide recommendation for application and sign off on the PFF. The applicant cannot move forward in the application process until NMDOT signs the PFF. Once the NMDOT district representative approves the PFF, please work to complete the entire application. Complete applications are due November 21 by 5pm. Please contact us if you have questions or need assistance.
October 13, 2016
9:30-11:30AM
MRCOG’s offices
Short (5-8 minute) TAP or RTP presentation about your project for MRRTPO Committee. PowerPoint not required.
November 18, 2016
DUE BY 5PM
Complete TAP/RTP application due to MRRTPO by 5:00pm. Please keep in touch with us while you complete your application, so that if you run into any questions or issues, we can help. Don’t wait until the last minute!
 
Please email completed applications to MRRTPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
November 30, 2016
COMPLETE TAP or RTP applications due to NMDOT. Complete applications are submitted via MRRTPO. We will keep you informed about when your application is submitted.
Please see the Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide for other important dates

 


New Mexico Highway Safety Improvement Program (NM HSIP)

The mission of the New Mexico Highway Safety Improvement Program (NM HSIP) is to reduce traffic crashes causing fatalities and serious injuries. The NM HSIP program moved under NMDOT’s Office of Planning. There are currently no calls for projects under this program. As information is received, it will be posted here.

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2040 Statewide Long Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (SLRP) & Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation approved the 2040 Statewide Long Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (SLRP) or New Mexico Transportation Plan (NMTP) in the fall of 2015. This plan is meant to identify New Mexico’s transportation needs and how the transportation system can support the well-being of the State’s residents and visitors. Additionally, it is meant to ensure that transportation projects, programs and policies are rational, fiscally responsible, environmentally sustainable and accountable to taxpayers and system users.

Please visit this website for additional information: http://newmexicotransportationplan.com/

In conjunction with the development of the SLRP/NMTP, MRRTPO updated Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is the transportation plan for Torrance, southern Santa Fe and northwest Sandoval Counties. MRRTPO convened subject matter experts from transportation, economic development, health and other fields from throughout the region to help inform and develop the Regional Transportation Plan. The plan was developed throughout 2014 and approved by the Mid-Region Rural Transportation Planning Organization (MRRTPO) Committee in August 2015.

If you’re interested in helping to develop our Regional Transportation Plan, please contact Sandra Gaiser, AICP, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway

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The Salt Missions Trail (SMT) Scenic Byway lies approximately 30 miles east of Albuquerque, in the central part of New Mexico. This 150-mile Byway connects Old Route 66 with the Abo Canyon Trail and provides a loop through scenic Torrance County. It runs through the Village of Tijeras, the Town of Edgewood, the City of Moriarty, the Town of Estancia, the Village of Willard and the Town of Mountainair. It also connects a number of historic farming and Spanish land grant communities, including McIntosh, Punta de Aqua, Manzano, Torreon, and Chilili. RTPO staff provide support to the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Committee in Torrance, southern Santa Fe and east Bernalillo Counties. 

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MRCOG and the SMT Committee secured enough funding to purchase 51 Salt Missions Trail signs to be installed along the Byway. The SMT Committee worked with NMDOT to install 51 along the route in August/September of 2015. A ribbon cutting ceremony occurred at Estancia’s Arthur Park on September 18 2,2015. As more information is available, it will be posted on the Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 


 Other Activities:

  • Staff continues to meet with eligible local governments and tribes to provide presentations regarding the RTPO process and products. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation to your council or commission, please contact us.
  • RTPO staff currently provides support to the Step Into Cuba Health Alliance in Sandoval County and the the Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway Committee in Torrance, southern Santa Fe, and east Bernalillo Counties
  • We support local organizations as they identify and implement projects that will enhance the Scenic Byways in their communities. The Salt Missions Trail Scenic Byway, the Turquoise Trail, the Jemez Mountain Trail, and the Route 66 Scenic Byway are all in the Mid-Region RTPO area.

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TAP & RTP Call for Projects

NMDOT announced the opening of the call for projects for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding in Federal fiscal years (FFY) 2018 and 2019. 

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Read the 2015 Mid-Region RTPO Annual Report

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Sandra Gaiser, AICP
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Brandon Howe
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