In addition to the statewide working groups, the New Mexico Transportation Plan features seven Regional Working Groups (RWGs). These groups are comprised of public agencies, private organizations, and individuals with an interest in one of the State’s seven regional transportation planning areas (see map below). Members of the RWGs will look broadly across all of the transportation issues of their respective regions, complementing the ‘deep dive’ that the statewide working groups are taking within specific transportation issue areas. The efforts of the RWGs will culminate in the development of seven Regional Transportation Plans. These will provide guidance and show how the statewide plan will be implemented at the regional level.
All seven RWGs will be meeting over the next month to provide input to the planning process. As with the statewide working groups, we will be posting questions from the regional working groups in this forum. We look forward to your engagement in this process.
This Friday (2/14/2014) at the State Capital Building, members of the New Mexico Transportation Plan team will be participating in Transportation Day. We’ll be talking about what 2040 means for transportation with legislators and their staff. We will be asking them some questions about transportation issues, like: what investment priorities will be important for us to consider over the next 25 years? You can provide your opinions right here.
We’ll be posting more questions regularly, looking for your feedback and input, so please check back with us regularly.
The Year 2040: It sounds so far away. Why even think about it? But, when the goal is making sure our transportation system meets our future needs, the time to start planning is now.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has begun a comprehensive and collaborative process to develop a 2040 Statewide Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan (SLRP). The plan will provide a vision for how New Mexico’s transportation system can support the well-being of our residents and visitors now and in the future.
The plan will be developed over the next 18 months and will answer four basic questions:
Where are we now? What is the existing condition of the transportation system?
Where do we want to go? What is the vision for the future of the system?
How are we going to get there? What investments will help us achieve the vision?
What will it take? What resources – staff and financial – are required?
We value your input.Federal transportation law requires public involvement to be a hallmark of our plan development process. To achieve this goal, NMDOT will build much of the plan’s content from the ground up. Our goal is to reach out to a wide range of individuals, groups, businesses, and other government agencies to generate ideas and better understand our state’s transportation issues and challenges. We are using several different approaches to gather input, including:
Statewide working groups comprised of experts in particular areas like safety, public health, freight movement, visitors/tourism, and others
Regional groups comprised of members from local and regional communities
Interactive website and social media
Bilingual statewide survey
Public meetings and information stations at public events.
While our view is set at the horizon – where we’ll be in 2040 – we know that the reality of transportation for you is how you are affected today. Please join us as we begin to examine the existing and future needs of transportation in New Mexico.