Southwest NM Regional Call for Transportation Projects
The Southwest New Mexico Regional Planning Organization (SWRPO) is requesting proposed transportation alternatives, bridge and roadway projects for the 2014 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Recommendation List (RTIPR). The SWRPO Technical Advisory Committee will meet to review all projects and submit a prioritized list of projects to the SWRPO Policy Committee who will then forward its recommendations to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. This is the state and federal process for soliciting Federal Highway Administration funded locally led projects. The SWRPO maintains a priority listing of federal-aid transportation projects for our region. This list, the RTIPR, provides a prioritized list of federally, state and locally funded transportation projects for proposed inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Although any local government can suggest a new project throughout the year, the RPO is required to publicize an open call for projects every year. As part of its commitment to public participation, the RPO invites citizens and stakeholders to make project recommendations to their representative local government to be considered for inclusion in the RTIPR and STIP.
If you are interested in sponsoring a project, you must coordinate with the appropriate lead agency (local government or school) so they are aware of the proposal and they can make arrangements to review the application. Also, the lead agency must demonstrate its ability and intent to secure the local monetary match, if applicable, and oversee the project through design, construction and maintenance. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: roadway reconstruction, street/bicycle/pedestrian way construction, street lights, traffic signals, bridge improvements, and projects such as landscaping and erosion control, on and in special cases adjacent to federal-aid eligible routes. New projects should have a completed Project Feasibility Form (PFF) and be discussed with the appropriate NMDOT district. Applicants with new projects must contact SWRPO Planner, (575) 388-1509 on or before November 30, 2013.
If the project is feasible then a Project Identification Form (PIF) should be completed for each proposed project. If you currently have a project listed on the RTIPR, please review your PIF for that project(s) and update costs and information if needed. Please complete all sections thoroughly and submit both new and updated PIFs to: SWRPO Planner, SWNMCOG, P.O. Box 2157, Silver City, NM 88062. If you need technical assistance or have questions please contact SWRPO Planner at (575) 388-1509. Deadline for PIFs is on or before Tuesday, January 15, 2014.
NEW Federal Transportation Act
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) A Summary of Highway Provisions Federal Highway Administration Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs July 17, 2012
Overview On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 represents a milestone for the U.S. economy – it provides needed funds and, more importantly, it transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.
MAP-21 creates a streamlined, performance-based, and multimodal program to address the many challenges facing the U.S. transportation system. These challenges include improving safety, maintaining infrastructure condition, reducing traffic congestion, improving efficiency of the system and freight movement, protecting the environment, and reducing delays in project delivery.
MAP-21 builds on and refines many of the highway, transit, bike, and pedestrian programs and policies established in 1991. This summary reviews the policies and programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The Department will continue to make progress on transportation options, which it has focused on in the past three years, working closely with stakeholders to ensure that local communities are able to build multimodal, sustainable projects ranging from passenger rail and transit to bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Setting the course for transportation investment in highways, MAP-21 –
Strengthens America’s highways MAP-21 expands the National Highway System (NHS) to incorporate principal arterials not previously included. Investment targets the enhanced NHS, with more than half of highway funding going to the new program devoted to preserving and improving the most important highways -- the National Highway Performance Program.
Establishes a performance-based program. Under MAP-21, performance management will transform Federal highway programs and provide a means to more efficient investment of Federal transportation funds by focusing on national transportation goals, increasing the accountability and transparency of the Federal highway programs, and improving transportation investment decisionmaking through performance-based planning and programming.
Creates jobs and supports economic growth MAP-21 authorizes $82 billion in Federal funding for FYs 2013 and 2014 for road, bridge, bicycling, and walking improvements. In addition, MAP-21enhances innovative financing and encourages private sector investment through a substantial increase in funding for the TIFIA program. It alsoincludes a number of provisions designed to improve freight movement in support of national goals.
Supports the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) aggressive safety agenda MAP-21 continues the successful Highway Safety Improvement Program, doubling funding for infrastructure safety, strengthening the linkage among modal safety programs, and creating a positive agenda to make significant progress in reducing highway fatalities. It also continues to build on other aggressive safety efforts, including the Department’s fight against distracted driving and its push to improve transit and motor carrier safety.
Streamlines Federal highway transportation programs. The complex array of existing programs is simplified, substantially consolidating the program structure into a smaller number of broader core programs. Many smaller programs are eliminated, including most discretionary programs, with the eligibilities generally continuing under core programs.
Accelerates project delivery and promotes innovation. MAP-21 incorporates a host of changes aimed at ensuring the timely delivery of transportation projects. Changes will improve innovation and efficiency in the development of projects, through the planning and environmental review process, to project delivery.
For a more in-depth summary, please click here for the full pdf document summary.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation, Office of Equal Opportunity Program, and the Federal Highway Administration, New Mexico Division Office, are currently contacting all local government agencies to determine the level of compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As sub-recipients of federal funds, state, local and municipal government entities are required to comply with both of these acts in order to ensure the continuation of funds. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this request, please feel free to contact Orlando Vasquez, ADA Coordinator, NMDOT at 505-827-1777 or Damian Segura, Title VI Coordinator, NMDOT at 505-827-1778.