New Mexico State Transportation Innovation Council-STIC Overview

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State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) is dedicated to bringing innovations to NMDOT.

Working with our partners at the FHWA we are implementing cutting edge techniques and industry leading technologies to the department. The STIC’s focus is to bring innovations through programs like the EDC, Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) and Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) by coordinating efforts with figureheads and other ambassadors of transportation. These innovations and improvements will ensure that we provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the traveling public, while promoting economc development and preserving the environment of New Mexico. With these innovations, we will be able to continue to be an industry leader in the field of transportation while maintaining the safety, accountability and integrity our customers.



  • The Road Diet Guide – In coordination with Federal Highway Administration – New Mexico Division and an Every Day Counts 3 Initiative, The New Mexico Department of Transportation instituted the use of the developed Road Diet Guide, through the Infrastructure Design Directive (IDD-218-16).
  • STEP – As part of the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) initiative with EDC 4, the “Action Plan for Implementing Pedestrian Crossing Countermeasures at Uncontrolled Locations”, has been developed and is available for use.
  • Location Study Procedures Guidebook – In coordination with Federal Highway Administration – New Mexico Division and an Every Day Counts 2 initiative, The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) developed this guidebook. The guidebook has been prepared to assist transportation engineers, planners and other practitioners in conducting alignment and corridor studies for NMDOT projects.

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AASHTO Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC)

Help launch a new NMDOT initiative to educate and attract future transportation professionals through a hands-on learning program at New Mexico high schools: the AASHTO Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) program. NMDOT will implement TRAC during the 2016-17 school year at several high schools around New Mexico. Because the program is funded by a FHWA On-the-Job Training Supportive Services grant, TRAC will focus on classrooms with high percentages of disadVantaged and underrepresented populations in engineering and science professions. The TRAC curriculum supports national Common Core standards and is designed for use in science, technology, engineering and math courses. NMDOT engineers and other science professionals volunteer to help out with the TRAC program during the next year. The NMDOT engineers/scientists will be paired with a high school math or science teacher to bring TRAC into classrooms during the 2016-17 school year. During the school year, the NMDOT staff member will spend as much as a full day in the classroom, seiVing as an in-class advisor, demonstrating how TRAC activities work, helping with the projects, and providing role models who answer questions about transportation careers and who help students understand the connection between concepts learned in the classroom and how those concepts are applied in practice.


STIC Incentive Program Funding

In conjunction with FHWA and the New Mexico STIC, the STIC Incentive program is requesting proposals for innovative projects that need funding. The program has $100,000.00 available to assist innovative projects. Please keep in mind that eligible projects need the funding to be split with 80% Federal Share (limited to $100,000) and 20% non-federal share.

If you are interested, Please submit your proposal to me at by no later than June 29, 2020. Your proposal should include the following:

  • Description of the proposed work
  • End product / Expected results
  • Amount of STIC Incentive Funding requested
  • Identify commitment of other funding
  • Budget justification
  • Project schedule

The attachment below provides an example proposal for your reference!

STIC Funding Proposal Example

The proposals will be reviewed by the committee in July and if your proposal is accepted it will be submitted to FHWA in August.

If you would like more information about the program please select the link below for the FHWA STIC Incentive program webpage.