Santa Fe MPO news & updates

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Please enjoy the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization's Quarterly Newsletter, where people-powered transportation planning happens! Each quarter we share developments in our programs, plans, and projects driven by the voice of the public.

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Santa Fe Neighborhood Street Safety Study

The MPO and City of Santa Fe Public Works Department partnered for a first of its kind (in Santa Fe) Neighborhood Street Safety Study for a powerful examination of community perceptions, neighborhood context, and technical data.

Follow along with a storymap that describes the process, existing conditions, and potential design solutions for specific locations to address speeding and other safety issues.

Key findings highlight the push and pull of neighborhood livability within a car-dominated environment. However, there are very few simple remedies that can occur quickly or without thoughtful analysis and financial resources.

Right: Compare survey responses related to speeding (left map) to actual speeding (right map)

Below: Survey comments and data were compiled for a comparative analysis of each major corridor.

Baiku Break! 1st place winner in May's Baiku Contest:

More Federal Funding for Local Projects

Two projects were awarded for funding in this spring's Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) call for projects.

The City of Santa Fe partnered with IRideNM to submit an RTP application for needed maintenance, reconstruction, and drainage at the Buckman OHV area for a total project cost of $140,122.

The Santa Fe Safe Routes to School Program was funded in 2019 via a TAP grant to the City of Santa Fe. With the success of the program, Santa Fe Public Schools is now able to take ownership and was awarded $294,000 to continue the program for two more years.

Baiku Break: 2nd and 3rd place winners

Introducing Public Works Traffic Staff

City of Santa Fe Public Works Complete Streets Division staff play an important role in capital projects, traffic operations, and street maintenance. After chronic staff shortages, two new(ish) engineers are on board and at your service!

City Traffic Engineer Jeanne Wolfenbarger

Number of years with the City: 1

Key responsibilities: City Traffic Engineer, handle constituent concerns, support all traffic engineering endeavors, help develop new roadway standards

Top traffic safety goal for Santa Fe: To achieve less severe road accidents with careful road design, to encourage more transit use

Do you like to walk, bike, or take the bus? I walk and bike for leisure. I ride the Rail Runner frequently.

Favorite street in Santa Fe: San Francisco Street, the plaza is my favorite part of Santa Fe

Red or green? It depends. 

Anything else you want people to know?previously worked for the City of Albuquerque and have both private and public sector experience.

Mike Dalmolin, Engineering Supervisor

Number of months with the City: 2

Key responsibilities: I oversee the City’s Signal, Sign, and Pavement Marking crews as well as the streetlight program.

Top traffic safety goal for Santa Fe: Use my expertise with traffic signal coordination to improve safety for all roadway users.

Do you like to walk, bike, or take the bus? To the City’s office where I work, I do a combination of walking and taking the bus.

Favorite street in Santa Fe: The plaza

Red or green? Can I answer Christmas style? (Yes, Mike, you can!)

Public Meeting Notice:

FFY2024-2029 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Thursday, July 20th, 5pm-6pm

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is updated every two years. It includes City, County, and NMDOT projects that are federally funded and/or regionally significant.

The first four years of the TIP are fiscally constrained, meaning that all the projects on the list must have funding. New projects are added to the TIP when they are awarded federal grant funds or local funding during quarterly amendment cycles.

To learn more about the FFY2024-2029 TIP or the TIP process, attend our public meeting Thursday, July 20th, 5pm-6pm at the Monica Roybal Center, 737 Agua Fria Street or via zoom.

The public comment period closes July 26th. To submit a comment, email MPO Transportation Planner, Leah Yngve.

Is this your ride?

Is this your ride or are you considering an electric unicycle?


The City is preparing new legislation regulating this growing mode of transport.

Want more details? Email Erick Aune.

Plan and Program Updates

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

In addition to the new TIP, we have final project status updates for the current FFY2022-2027 TIP. Check that out on our website along with TIP amendment timelines, amendments, the interactive map, and more!

Spotlight on the MTP: Public Engagement

The 2020-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan included extensive public engagement. One of the survey questions asked: "If you had $5 million available to spend on the transportation network, where would you spend it?" Below are the compiled responses. Do you agree?

Fun stuff

PeopleForBikes is a national organization focused on making biking better for everyone. Each year, they run a network analysis to determine a bicycle network score for cities across the country. Check out how Santa Fe compares here.

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is administered by the NMDOT and funds much more than highways! Check out their new storymap describing the program and with before/after imagery from around the state.

The New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division recently opened the Trails+ grant application cycle to fund outdoor recreation projects across the state. Most applicants must have a 50% match.

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