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Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Mesilla Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is a multi-jurisdictional planning agency located in south-central New Mexico, USA. The MPO is responsible for planning all aspects of the transportation system including bicycle, auto, pedestrian, public transit, and aviation in Las Cruces, Mesilla and part of Doña Ana County. Federal regulations require the designation of an MPO to carry out coordinated, continuing and comprehensive transportation planning for urbanized areas with a population of more than 50,000.

The MPO is comprised of ten voting members: three City of Las Cruces Councillors, three Doña Ana County Commissioners, three Town of Mesilla Trustees, and the district engineer from NMDOT District One. Two committees advise the MPO: the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which makes recommendations to the Policy Committee regarding technical issues, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee (BPAC) which provides recommendations for the planning of bicycle and pedestrian facilities within the MPO area.

2015 Meeting Schedule

Transport 2040 Update Public Involvement Meetings

MPO Staff is updating the existing Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) known as Transport 2040. Staff has published a draft of the plan for review at the final round of public meetings. Meeting dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

Transport 2040 Page

Please contact us if you would like to have MPO Staff present at one of your meetings. Email a request to or call Tom Murphy at (575) 528-3225.

Unified Planning Work Program

The latest Unified Planning Work Program for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 has been approved by the MPO Policy Committee.

Five Core MPO Functions

There are five core functions for MPOs that are established by the Federal regulations.

Establish a Setting - Establishes and manages a fair and impartial setting for effective regional decision-making on transportation issues.

Evaluate Alternatives - Evaluates transportation alternatives, scaled to the size of the region, the nature of its transportation issues, and considers realistically available options.

Maintain a Metropolitan Transportation Plan - Develop and update a metropolitan transportation plan for the Mesilla Valley. This document covers a planning horizon of twenty years and focuses on multi-modal mobility and access, efficient system performance, and quality of life.

Develop a Transportation Improvement Program - Develop a TIP, which is a fiscally constrained, prioritized capital transportation improvement program programmed for six years including state and federal money.

Involve the Public - Prepares and implements a Public Participation Plan, which outlines the procedures used to ensure the general public and any affected sub-groups will have the opportunity to participate in the transportation planning process.

Contact Us

Contact MPO Staff at (575) 528-3043 or