NMDOT’s Active Transportation Programs include the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).
Tribal and Local Public Agencies are generally the recipients of these funding programs. Specific information for each program and contact information for the coordinator is below. For more information about the Federal Aid Highway Program for Tribal and Local Agencies, please reference the NMDOT T/LPA Handbook page. In addition, the Active Transportation Programs Team manages the Bicycle Counter Lending Program.
Transportation Alternatives Program
The New Mexico Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a Federal reimbursement program authorized through the FAST Act as part of the new Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program.
TAP funds can generally be used for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and activities, in addition to other projects, as outlined in the NM Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide. Each state’s department of transportation administers the program using its own competitive process, in accordance with the law. Approximately every two years, NMDOT coordinates with the state’s seven RTPOs and five MPOs on soliciting TAP applications. The most current NM Active Transportation and Recreational Programs Guide can be downloaded below.
Recreational Trails Program
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a Federal reimbursement program and provides funding to eligible entities within New Mexico to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized uses. These Federal funds benefit recreationists who enjoy hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrianism, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, and off-road four-wheel driving. NMDOT is pleased to provide access to funding for quality, diverse recreational trail projects that will improve New Mexicans’ quality of life all across the state. The most current NMDOT Active Transportation and Recreational Programs can be downloaded below.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program provides a flexible funding source to the State and T/LPAs for transportation projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Mandatory CMAQ funding is made available to areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter (for nonattainment areas) and for former nonattainment areas that are now in the early years of compliance (maintenance areas). Non-mandatory CMAQ funding is administered by NMDOT and is available statewide for projects and programs that improve air quality and reduce congestion. The most current CMAQ program guide outlines the process for applying for funds, identifies eligible entities, and lists eligible projects from the NMDOT non-mandatory CMAQ apportionment and can be downloaded below. Approximately every two years, NMDOT coordinates with the state’s seven RTPOs and five MPOs on soliciting CMAQ applications.
Bicycle Counter Lending Program
The bicycle counter lending program consists of pneumatic tube bicycle counting equipment available to Tribal/Local Public agencies, MPOs, RTPOs, and NMDOT Districts for short and mid-term bicycle counts. The Bicycle Count Program Guide and Application are available below.