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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.

2016 Meeting Schedule

Missouri Avenue Study Corridor

The Mesilla Valley MPO is conducting a study corridor of the Missouri Avenue area to examine the transportation needs in the area. A public meeting was held on December 2 with further public meetings to come.

Please contact MPO Staff for further information.

University Avenue Study Corridor

Mesilla Valley MPO Staff is commencing the final public comment period for the University Avenue Study Corridor Project. The draft the plan can be read here.

Please submit any comments or questions regarding this project to MPO Staff.

Staff expects to present the plan to the MPO Policy Committee for approval in January 2016

Short Range Transit Plan Update

The current draft of the update to the RoadRUNNER Short Range Transit Plan can be viewed here. For questions regarding the SRTP, please contact Michael McAdams at

2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program

The 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was adopted on June 10. The TIP contains planned transportation projects for the MPO area.

For questions on the TIP, please contact MPO staff at

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