Plan Overview

What is the New Mexico 2045 Plan?

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is currently updating its Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan (LRSTP), which will lead to development and adoption of the New Mexico 2045 Plan. The New Mexico 2045 Plan, and the planning process used to produce it, will satisfy federal planning requirements, create a new 25-year transportation vision for New Mexico, and provide NMDOT with information, guidance, and direction to support strategic decision-making through the following:

  • Identifying trends and issues affecting transportation in New Mexico
  • Improving understanding of transportation system conditions, needs, resources, and gaps
  • Engaging partners, stakeholders and the public in transportation planning
  • Creating a new vision for transportation in New Mexico
  • Helping the Department respond to the Governor’s Climate Change Executive Order
  • Establishing policy to guide investment decisions
  • Providing mechanisms for tracking performance and plan implementation

What are the requirements for an LRSTP?

States are required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), to develop a long-range, multimodal statewide transportation plan with a 20+ year horizon. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, enacted in 2012, established a federal performance-based program that included the identification of national goal areas. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, enacted in 2015, expanded upon MAP-21 to establish Transportation Performance Management requirements. The legislation and subsequent guidance from FHWA require states to align their planning activities and investment decision-making processes with national goal areas. While LRSTP goals do not need to mirror the national goals, they should be consistent with them. In addition, prior federal laws and planning guidance have established a range of requirements including planning factors (e.g., economic vitality and resiliency) and stakeholder outreach needs.

Why is development of the New Mexico 2045 Plan important?

  • It will provide a strategic framework to guide NMDOT’s decision-making
  • It will consider public and stakeholder input to shape the strategic direction and policy recommendations
  • It will be performance-based and will identify goals, objectives and performance measures to track the performance of NMDOT and the transportation system
  • It will provide a path forward for allocation of resources at NMDOT

Planning Process

What are the major plan development components?

The New Mexico 2045 Plan is an update of NMDOT’s current LRSTP, will thus build from the policy and direction established in the New Mexico 2040 Plan, and include the following components:

  • External Engagement – Workshops, surveys, and use of this web portal to get input from planning stakeholders and the public about transportation issues and investment priorities
  • Research – Collecting and analyzing trends and information associated with demographics, emerging technology, and economic considerations related to transportation
  • System Analysis – Developing an inventory of New Mexico’s current transportation network, assessing conditions and performance, and identifying future investment needs
  • Strategic Framework – Establishing a vision, goals, objectives, and performance measures to both facilitate plan development and support plan implementation
  • Revenues and Gap – Forecasting the revenues that will be available for future transportation investment and comparing them to anticipated investment needs
  • Resiliency – Understanding potential risks to the transportation systems and identifying strategies to reduce or mitigate them
  • Scenario Analysis – Exploration of how alternative futures may affect transportation investment needs and/or analysis of impacts from different resource allocation strategies
  • Policy Development – Establishment of system performance expectations, allocation approaches, changes in NMDOT business processes, and other strategies to facilitate and guide plan implementation
  • Documentation – Production of a final New Mexico 2045 Plan document

What is the timeline for plan development?

There are two phases to the New Mexico 2045 Plan. Phase 1, which began in August 2019 and will complete in late Spring 2020, focuses on providing the underlying research, analysis, and input needed to support plan development. Phase 2 will begin in Summer 2020 and will focus on scenario analysis, policy development, and establishment of the final New Mexico 2045 Plan document.  A series of stakeholder workshops is planned but may be held virtually, in compliance with social distancing requirements.

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Steering Committee Meeting
Online Survey
Trends & Issues
Existing Conditions & Needs
Vision, Goals, Objectives, Performance Measures
Revenue Forecast / Gap Analysis
Resiliency Analysis
Phase II Scenarios, Strategies, Final 2045 Plan

Get Involved

The New Mexico 2045 Plan will include multiple opportunities for public and stakeholders to provide input and feedback.

  • The project website will provide valuable information about the Plan and the process.
  • The contact form can be used at any time during the plan process to provide input and ask questions.

Upcoming Events

Participate in the following events to offer input about how we can improve transportation and mobility in New Mexico.

Stakeholder Workshops

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Past Events


Steering Committee Meeting

March 4, 2020


North and Northwest Regions

July 14, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Mid-Region, Northeast, Eastern Regions

July 20, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Southwest, South Central, Southeast Regions

July 21, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Tribal Nations (Statewide)

July 22, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


The public comment period for the New Mexico 2045 Draft Plan has ended. You can view the draft plan document below.

Documents & Other Information

Following are some supporting documents and information on regional planning. If you are on a mobile connection, be advised that some of these files may be large.

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The Draft New Mexico 2045 Plan
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Performance Measures Report
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Revenue Forecast Technical Memorandum
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Public Engagement Summary: Phase 1
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Trends Report
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Modal Profiles Report
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Vision, Goals & Objectives Report
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The New Mexico 2045 Plan: Stakeholder Workshop

Slides from the virtual meeting presentation

Multimodal Programs and Planning Bureau
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Transportation Asset Management Plan

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