Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments

Southwest Regional Transportation

 Planning Organization

The Southwest Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s (SWRTPO) mission is to:

"Enhance transportation in Southwest New Mexico that will provide multi-modal transportation for local governments and residents integrating economic and social opportunities."

Southwest Regional Planning Organization functions:

  • 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 New Mexico 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.

Make Up of SWRTPO

The Southwest New Mexico Council of Government's Transportation Planner serves as a contract liaison between member communities and the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The Southwest Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO) is made up of two NMDOT districts, District One and Six. There are two boards that help coordinate transportation and transit communication and programs throughout southwest New Mexico, Southwest Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SWRTPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Policy Committee.   The TAC is made up of a representative from each local government in the SWNMCOG region; these representatives give transportation project recommendations to the Policy Committee. The SWRTPO Policy Committee is actually the SWNMCOG board that gives approval to the transportation project recommendations.

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SWRTPO TAC meetings discuss transportation-related projects in southwest New Mexico, as well as new grant opportunities or implementation from the State or Federal level.

Meeting agendas and minutes may be obtained by contacting Cerisse Grijalva at (575) 388-1509 or [email protected], 72 hours prior to the meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, unless compelling reasons dictate otherwise, public meetings and hearings conducted by the SWRTPO in conjunction with NMDOT will be held in accessible buildings. Given reasonable notice, interpreters and readers will be available to the hearing and visually impaired. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at NMDOT (505) 827-1777 by 5:00 p.m., seven business days before the meeting. 

Transportation Project Process

  • Publicize an open call for projects
  • Invite citizens, stakeholders, and local governments to make project recommendations
  • Use Project Feasibility Form to submit a project
  • Meet with Transportation Planner and NMDOT about project
  • Submit a Project Identification Form 

If a citizen is interested in sponsoring a project, they must coordinate with the appropriate lead agency/local government to make them are aware of the proposal and make arrangements to review the forms. The lead agency/local government must demonstrate the ability to secure match and oversee the project through design, construction, and maintenance.

All projects submitted to the SWRTPO without prior feasibility review may experience a delay and may not be included in the list of  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. Eligible projects must conform to the SWRTPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan.