To serve as a forum and to elicit informed recommendations for multimodal transportation and enhancement projects.
To submit projects under certain funding categories to the NM Department of Transportation (NMDOT) after prioritizing them.
To promote the implementation of an efficient transportation network in the four county southwest region of New Mexico.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is the designated state agency that receives and administers federal transportation funds. NMDOT has both state and federal transportation programs.
In order to manage transportation programs more efficiently, the State Transportation Commission created seven regional transportation planning organizations to work closely with NMDOT. The NMDOT has contracted with the regional planning organization, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (SWNMCOG) to administer the SWRPO.
The SWRPO covers four counties which includes 13 local governments in the southwestern portion of the state: Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna Counties. SWRPO's boundaries include two NMDOT Districts, District One and District Six.
The SWRPO consists of a Policy Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee. Each local government from the region designates a representative to participate in the process on the Technical Advisory Committee. Each year in July the local governments designate or renew their representative to the SWRPO. The Policy Committee meets 5 times a year to review and finalize transportation project recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee. The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments board doubly functions as the SWRPO Policy Committee.
Transportation Project Funding While various transportation programs are available through federal and state funding, SWRPO focuses on federal programs included in the NMDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The SWRPO assists local and county governments or other eligible applicants to submit applications yearly. Roadway Improvement, Transportation Alternatives, Bridge, and Transit projects are rated and ranked by the designated Policy and Technical Advisory Committee local government representatives of the SWRPO. Recommendations are combined regionally, by NMDOT district and then are forwarded to NMDOT for possible inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
As with most federal programs, funding availability is limited. Once the review process has been completed (usually September), funding awards are announced.
RPO Handbook - The RPO Handbook describes in-depth the processes and funding categories in which the RPO engages. Click here to download a copy of the handbook.