Santa Fe MPO news & updates

January 2023 new year's resolution: Complete Streets!

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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Neighborhood Safety Study

Last year, a trend in the communications City District 4 Councilor Jamie Cassutt received from the public became clear - constituents in the neighborhoods around Camino Carlos Rey experienced a large number of transportation safety concerns. With an eye for the bigger picture, she teamed up with the MPO to create a Neighborhood Safety Study to examine real and perceived safety in the neighborhoods roughly bound by Cerrillos, Siringo, Yucca, Governor Miles, and Richards.

The study will combine collected data, such as crashes and vehicle speeds, with public perceptions.

To share your experiences in this neighborhood, take the Neighborhood Street Safety Study survey by 2/4/23 and share it with your friends, family, and neighbors, or attend our open house, Tuesday, February 28th, 5-7pm at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center classrooms.

Complete Streets - Illustrated

Cordova, but make it complete!

As a companion to the Complete Streets Resolutions adopted by the MPO, City, and County, the MPO partnered with the American Heart Association to create illustrations of five Santa Fe streets reimagined as complete streets. View the interactive illustrations on our website!

New Sustainability Dashboard

Highlights Transportation

The City of Santa Fe has a new Sustainability Dashboard to demonstrate progress on implementing the Sustainable Santa Fe 25-Year Plan. As we know, transportation is an important component as the largest source of emissions in Santa Fe.

City Passes Multimodal Transition Plan

After a nearly three year process, including delays due to COVID-19, the City of Santa Fe Governing Body adopted via resolution the Santa Fe Multimodal Transition Plan. The plan was created via collaboration across the City, with contributions from Parking, Santa Fe Trails Public Transit, the Complete Streets Division, Land Use, the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization, and extensive public input.

The plan has two primary goals:

  1. Move Santa Fe towards a city where all elements of an active life can be achieved without the need for a private automobile.
  2. Leverage the outcomes of the Transition Plan and apply them to transition Santa Fe to a community offering a truly multimodal transportation system.

To achieve these goals, the plan addresses active transportation (such as walking or biking), parking management, and public transit through the lens of policy, program, and infrastructure recommendations.

Read the executive summary and final plan or find more information on our website.

More Funding for Local Projects

Arroyo de los Chamisos Crossing receives design funding

The Arroyo de los Chamisos Crossing will connect Richards from the north to Richards from the south. This long planned connection received state Transportation Project Funds of $1 million dollars to complete the engineering and design.

For background on the project, including reports from public input, the initial evaluations of the alternatives, and a detailed evaluation of the preferred alternative, visit the City website.

Northeast/Southeast Connector is fully funded

The Northeast/Southeast Connector will provide much needed connectivity in the fast growing Santa Fe Community College District. Santa Fe County has finalized the design and received $4.7 million in state Transportation Project Funds to fill the shortage of construction funds due to inflation. With a completed design and full funding for construction, the county expects the roads to be completed within the year.

New Carbon Reduction Program solicits projects

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the new Carbon Reduction Program to reduce transportation emissions, which are the leading source of greenhouse gas emission in the United States and Santa Fe. The NMDOT has $9.3 million dollars per year from 2024-2026 to disperse across the state via a competitive application process. Stay tuned to hear which projects in the Santa Fe region receive funding!

Plan and Program Updates

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The TIP (our list of federally funded and regionally significant projects with funding) is growing!

As always, you can check out TIP amendment timelines, amendments, the project list, interactive map, and more on our website!

Spotlight on the Local Road Safety Plan

If you keep up with our newsletters, you may remember that the Local Road Safety Plan was adopted in August of 2022. The plan contains proven safety strategies in five categories: safe roads, safe road users, safe speeds, post-crash care, and safe vehicles.

Fun stuff

Santa Fe Bike Month is around the corner! Have an idea for an event? Does your business want to support with a donation or discount? Contact Leah at

Did you know NCRTD Mountain Trail blue bus riders get a $5 token to spend at Ski Santa Fe? One more benefit to taking this FREE bus anytime you head up the mountain!

Calling all Rail Runner riders! Rio Metro is conducting a survey to understand rider travel behavior, communication preferences, and community challenges.

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