New Mexico Communities Awarded Millions of Dollars For Local Projects

June 24, 2015

More than $11 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants were recently awarded to 27 multi-modal projects across New Mexico.

Multi-modal projects include sidewalks, bicycle paths, and transit stops, which provide benefits such as reduced congestion and improved air quality.

TAP and RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The TAP provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and improve the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of the state’s transportation system.   The RTP helps fund the development and maintenance of trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized uses. Both programs require a local match of 14.56 percent of the total project cost.

“The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the FHWA’s New Mexico Division are pleased to work with our partners throughout the state to implement these projects that better New Mexico communities,” said Tom Church, NMDOT Cabinet Secretary.

Recipients of TAP and RTP funding for 2016 and 2017 include the Red Apple Transit bus route accessibility with $69,700.