A Case Study in Regional Transportation Consensus Building Between Local and Tribal Governments in New Mexico

Despite the area’s notable heterogeneity, the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) is on track to be the first regional transit district (RTD) certified in New Mexico. The NCRTD contains the state’s largest and smallest Pueblos, the poorest and richest counties, and rural communities that are steeped in 500-year old Spanish traditions juxtaposed against the nearby “New Age” cosmopolitanism of Santa Fe. The diverse geographical, political, and economic landscape of the NCRTD can make it difficult to pursue new or ambitious projects across such disparate jurisdictions. Organizational and jurisdictional barriers can create roadblocks to effective collaboration. The New Mexico Department of Transportation Research Bureau provided funds to develop a case study and model which could be followed by other potential RTDs in the State. The ATR Institute/University of New Mexico was charged, as the organizing and research entity, with developing the RTD model and staffing the effort. An Organizing Committee, representing public and private interests, was tasked with producing the certification documents and supporting materials, presenting them clearly and effectively to governing bodies and the public, and providing an example of cross-jurisdictional transit collaboration. Creation of the NCRTD required public hearings in every jurisdiction. One-on-one “study sessions” raised public awareness in every jurisdiction and fueled the process for obtaining the needed affirmative votes to join the NCRTD. The NCRTD, composed of ten initial members, has completed the necessary steps for creating a RTD and was certified by the New Mexico Transportation Commission in Autumn 2004.


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  • Media Type: Web
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  • Accession Number: 01108898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2008 12:21PM