Mexico has now surpassed Japan as the United State' second largest export distribution nation in 1997--continuing to accelerate its trade since 1995. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) passed in 1992 gave new impetus for viewing Mexico as a stronger trading partner for the United States and its Border States. New Mexico has historically understood the economic interdependence and the benefits of collaboration with its Mexican neighbor states in the interest of the public's health, ecosystem protection, and open market development. Once a territory of Mexico, both New Mexico and the Mexican border States have a shared common language and have integrated Spanish colonial laws in their modern systems of government. Now the New Mexico frontera faces new transboundary challenges, which if effectively addressed, can ensure increased economic gains and quality of life for its people. The demographics are changing with the population growing about twenty-five percent over the past five years and project to double in the next twenty. Ciudad Juarez, only a few short miles from the New Mexico/Texas border, is now one of the five largest cities in Mexico, housing some of the highest concentrations of maquiladora companies along the US/Mexico Broder. It is with this backdrop that the Research Bureau of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department requested the ATR Institute to compile and research the transportation and air quality issues along the New Mexico/Mexico border. Realizing the interrelationships between transportation systems and environment, particularly air quality, the Research Bureau understood the importance of gaining a clear picture of the New Mexico border region if economic growth, increased trade, and quality of life were to flourish in the state.


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  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 63 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00766674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CO 3437,, Revised Report
  • Contract Numbers: CO 3437
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1999 12:00AM