Development of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program Recommendations (RTIPR)
The Regional Planning Organizations are the federally approved method for the State of New Mexico to determine transportation needs in non-metropolitan areas in consultation with local elected officials through a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive (3C) planning process.
All highway improvement projects constructed with federal funds must be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). In addition, all Regionally Significant projects must be included in the STIP regardless of funding source. The Federal Highway Administration defines a regionally significant project as one that is on a facility which serves regional transportation needs.
The SWRPO has established a continuous, multi-year, prioritization process for the review, rating and ranking of proposed transportation projects for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), Federal Transit Grants, Scenic Byways, Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programs or other future designated funding programs. This includes an annual review of existing recommended projects for reprioritizing based on regional, state and federal transportation priorities and an agreed upon process and criteria.
The Regional Transportation Improvement Program Recommendations (RTIPR) below reflect the 2012 reprioritization of transportation projects in the SW region.
Although anyone can suggest a new project throughout the year, the SWRPO is required to publicize an Open Call for Projects every year. As part of its commitment to public participation, the SWRPO invites citizens, stakeholders, and local governments to make project recommendations to be considered for inclusion.
If you are interested in submitting a project, please use the Project Feasibility Form first, speak with the SWRPO planner to set up a meeting with the NMDOT district, then if recommended, submit a Project Identification Form.
These forms are available here in Word and PDF formats. PFF WordPDF and PIF WordPDF
If you are a citizen interested in sponsoring a project, you must coordinate with the appropriate lead agency so they are aware of the proposal and they can make arrangements to review the forms. Also, the lead agency must demonstrate its ability to secure the local monetary match, if applicable, and oversee the project through design, construction, and maintenance.
All projects submitted to the SWRPO without prior feasibility review may experience a delay and may not be included in the list of this year's call for projects. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: roadway reconstruction, street/bicycle/pedestrian way construction, street lights, traffic signals, bridge improvements, and enhancement projects, such as landscaping and scenic preservation. Further description of eligible activities can be found in the RPO handbook. Eligible projects must conform to the SWRPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
SWNMCOG 1203 N. Hudson, 2nd Floor P.O. Box 2157 Silver City, NM 88062 Tel. (575) 388-1509 Fax: (575) 388-1500 firstname.lastname@example.org
Improving the quality of life in southwestern New Mexico