The Multimodal Planning and Programs Bureau’s Government to Government (GTG) Unit monitors state and federal legislation pertaining to transportation appropriations and policies;
conducts research into national Best Practices related to state transportation planning programs; develops and oversees implementation of the 2040 Plan and the Public Involvement Plan (PIP); provides technical assistance, including transportation modeling and analysis, to other planning efforts initiated by the Department; coordinates local involvement in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP); manages the Transportation Alternatives, Recreational Trails , Bicycle/Pedestrian and Equestrian, Tribal Outreach, Safe Routes To School, and Scenic Byways programs.
The GTG Unit administers contracts for seven RTPO and five MPOs, and works closely with NMDOT’s District Offices, STIP Unit, Design Regions and other Divisions to ensure proactive enforcement of state and federal laws.
Planning staff also serve as liaisons to New Mexico's Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs).
Section 112 of the Federal Highway Act of 1973 and subsequent federal transportation legislation require that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) conduct comprehensive transportation planning for metropolitan areas with populations of 50,000 or more. Federal law requires MPOs to develop Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and long-range transportation plans. New Mexico has five MPOs:
- Farmington (FMPO)
- Santa Fe (SFMPO)
- Albuquerque area (Mid-Region, MRMPO)
- Las Cruces (Mesilla Valley, MVMPO)
- El Paso MPO (EPMPO) spans the New Mexico/Texas border to cover the City of Sunland Park in New Mexico; as such, NMDOT coordinates with EPMPO for activities in this region.
Regional Transportation Planning Organizations are state-designated entities that orchestrate rural transportation planning, covering regions outside of MPO boundaries. New Mexico has seven RTPOs:
- Northwest (NWRTPO)
- Northern Pueblos (NPRTPO)
- Northeast (NERTPO)
- Mid-Region (MRRTPO)
- Southeast (SERTPO)
- South Central (SCRTPO)
- Southwest ( SWRTPO)
Each RTPO is comprised of a Policy Committee and a Technical Committee, though some RTPOs join these committees. RTPO Policy Committee members represent the governmental entities that comprise the RTPO and are authorized to make decisions on their behalf. Technical Committee members are professional staff who provide technical expertise to the transportation planning process.
Vacant, AICP, MPO/RTPO Liaison (FMPO, SFMPO, NPRTPO and NERTPO)