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Res MPO 94-010 LAS CRUC METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORIZATION POLICY COMMITTEE ACTION FORM FOR MEETING OF: September 7 , 1994 AGENDA ITEM: Amend the Las Cruces MPO Transportation Plan to address the Traffic Congestion, Public Transportation, and Intermodal Management Systems as required by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 - Resolution 94-010 . ACTION REQUESTED: Review and Consideration of Resolution 94-010 . SUPPORT INFORMATION: 1 . Resolution 94-010 . 2 . Exhibit "A" : a. Pages 5-1, 5-2 , 5-5 through 5-7, and 5-35 - "Congestion Management System" . b. Pages 6-1, 6-2, 6-13 , 6-14 , and 6-16 - "Public Transportation Management System" . C . Pages 10-1 through 10-4 - "Intermodal Management System" . DISCUSSION: The NMSHTD has informed the MPO of three management systems that must be incorporated as part of the MPO Transportation Plan. These management systems are congestion, public transportation, and intermodal . These management systems are intended to provide data to planners, engineers, technical and policy committee members with information to assist them in making better transportation-related decisions . The management systems are not intended to be just computer programs, but may also equate to a set of operating procedures that will result in better usage of existing data and provide for a consistent planning and programming processes . After conferring with NMSHTD, Staff recognizes these management systems are currently being employed, but not specifically called out within the plan. Therefore, Staff drafted the following attachments . The TAC reviewed these management systems at their regularly schedule meeting on September 1, 1994 , and recommends that they be included as proposed within the MPO' s Transportation Plan. These are now being presented for Policy Committee review. l OPTIONS : 1) Approve Resolution 94-010 and include the Traffic Congestion, Public Transportation, and Intermodal Management Systems within the Las Cruces MPO Transportation Plan. 2) Modify Resolution 94-010 and modify the proposed amendments to include the Traffic Congestion, Public Transportation, and Intermodal Management Systems within the Las Cruces MPO Transportation Plan, as per Policy Committee direction. LAS CRUS METROPOLITAN PLANNING ONIZATION RESOLUTION NO. 94-010 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE LAS CRUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MPO) TO ADDRESS THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND INTERMODAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. The Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization' s Policy Committee is informed that : WHEREAS, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) mandates that the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization develop, in cooperation with the New Mexico State .Highway and Transportation Department (NMSHTD) , a Traffic Congestion, a Public Transportation, and an Intermodal Management System, and; WHEREAS, these management systems must be included in the Transportation Plan for the Las Cruces MPO, and; WHEREAS, the Policy Committee of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization approved the Transportation Plan on August 10, 1994 , and the Policy Committee has the authority to amend the Transportation Plan as the Policy Committee deems necessary, and; WHEREAS, the Technical Advisory Committee has reviewed the propsed management systems and recommends approval and inclusion of these management systems within the Transportation Plan for the Las Cruces MPO, and; THE MPO POLICY COMMITTEE FINDS THAT it appears to be in the best interest of the MPO that the amendment be APPROVED and ACCEPTED by the Policy Committee . NOW, THEREFORE, the Policy Committee of the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization, determines, orders and resolves as follows : (I) THAT the Transportation Plan for the Las Cruces MPO be amended to the include the Traffic Congestion, the Public Transportation, and the Intermodal Management Systems as shown in the attached Exhibit ..A.. (II) THAT staff and officials are authorized to take appropriate and legal actions to implement this Resolution. J Las Cruces MPO Resolution 94-010 Page 2 DONE and APPROVED this 7th day of September 1994 . ATTEST: Chairman Tomlin Minerva Sanchez, Recording Secretary Moved By: VOTE : Chairman Tomlin: Seconded By: Councillor Ferralez : Councillor Haltom: APPROVED AS TO FORM: Commissioner Luchini : Commissioner Miyagishima: Mayor Southworth:_ Trustee Box: Trustee Cadena : Attorney EXHIBIT "A" Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Plan THOROUGHFARE ELEMENT 5-1 INTRODUCTION Through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, it has become clear that demands are increasing on the existing thoroughfare network. Every day, either for personal or business trips, individuals travel over 1 . 5 million miles throughout the Las Cruces MPO on the thoroughfare network. Citizens rely on the thoroughfare network and demand that it will function effectively, safely, and without much inconvenience . Both the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and local governments are committed to the wise and efficient use of this valuable infrastructure . This document and study is undertaken to guide their decisions affecting the future of the thoroughfare network. Purpose The purpose of this Thoroughfare Element is to analyze and recommend roadway policy, improvements, and enhancements to the area' s transportation system over the next twenty years . This includes new construction or modification to existing and proposed streets, bridges, interstates, traffic signals, and street lights . The City of Las Cruces and MPO are interested in planning for future needs that are continuing, coordinated, and comprehensive . Consequently, this element is being produced to guide roadway development with other forms of transportation into a comprehensive intermodal system. FRAMEWORK OF THE ELEMENT This plan is to serve as the Thoroughfare Element to the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization' s Transportation Plan. It is a3 s in�exa��� t© _ gU de the.. .. a�p����ntat�€i� �� a ���g�st��ri nan ::t;;;;: r > > nd;:;;: ; serve as a stand alone element with interconnection to all other elements, including the Financial Element . The conceptual framework of the MPO' s transportation planning efforts are represented in FIGURE 1-1 . The MPO Transportation Plan will also serve as the Transportation Element of the City of Las Cruces Comprehensive Plan. Each element of the plan serves as a Level 113" document or Master Plan that focuses on a specific issue or geographic area. This document is to address the issue of thoroughfarealignment, design, and ::::>::a:::>::: cn:: : :s::t: aiin:a.: :ertrt::::<:: <::: :t: m construction w: 1x1;::: :::�:G3: ..... .................................:..:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: . ..::::::::::::::::::::::::::::,.:::::::::::::.: .........................................g.......................... ........:.::::. ;o; €ems the entire City of Las Cruces . -ee�± FIGURE 1-2 depicts the City' s comprehensive plan framework and the location of this document within said framework. 5-2 future cars would mean 88 , 988 vehicles (exclusive of motorcycles) would be traversing Las Cruces' roadways, compared to 60, 459 vehicles today. This is an increase of 28 , 500 vehicles over a 20- year period (>1400 new vehicles/yr) . Capacity Analysis It is apparent that vehicles may become numerous; however, roadways like any finite resource have limitations . Only a limited number of vehicles can pass a single point in a given amount of time due to the size of the roadway. When there are more vehicles than the roadway can handle, congestion occurs . The road is "over capacity" . Because of land development and the location of major employers, the connecting roadways greatly affect travel patterns . US Highway 70 is an example of how a roadway may become congested because of land use and employment decisions . Commuters and many residents of the East Mesa utilize US Highway 70 as a major arterial . It provides the only access between Las Cruces, the Johnson NASA Space Center, and White Sands Missile Range . This has caused increasing levels of congestion. Consequently, in 1987, the US Highway 70 Reliever Route study was financed by the NM State Legislature . The findings of this report stated that US Highway 70 was over capacity and would operate with severe congestion within the next 20 years . After consensus was reached by the agencies having jurisdiction over the project or its potential improvements, the chosen alternative was to pursue funding and construction of frontage roads within the US Highway 70 corridor. A series of adjoining arterials and reconstruction of key intersections in Las Cruces was proposed. One of these arterials was to upgrade and extend Lohman Avenue to the east . Recognizing US Highway 70 as not the only area with congestion, another study to provide a preliminary design for interstate access modifications was completed in 1991 . Like US Highway 70 , many areas were found to be over capacity. The method used for the analysis was computerized traffic modeling based on FHWA methodologies . Two models were used over the course of the studies, one specifically for US Highway 70 the other for the entire MPO focusing on the interstates . ............ is :::: :::::::::::::i::::::::i::::: mauh;:;:>;t: Traffic Modeling Process Traffic modeling is a method used to simulate current traffic conditions and evaluate transportation alternatives for large area re:a: :>::>:an d:: >whe: e: lannin purposes .. It>> > sd 'hf:: ::f:r :s:;:;»:;::> ar.:: : �;d:» ........ P 5 P_: P . con c an i .-We rr pccur in e suture Thr... ,: . �, b.:. using current demographic data, then by changing that information, predicts future travel patterns within a specific area. Traffic models may require varied information but, the Las Cruces MPO uses four specific variables . Population, housing, retail and 5-5 non-retail employment make up the variables used in the Las Cruces MPO' s traffic models . Current information on these variables are put into the computer. The computer then calculates vehicle trips and assigns those trips to a computerized map of the area' s actual road network. The original variables may then be changed to reflect future population, housing, and employment projections . The model then calculates future traffic movement information. zee lie ' tid >>> oum >ta'a t . ...... :::::: :. .::::::::::: »> ........:>......:. :::..::.:..:::::::.:::::::::::::::.:::::::::::::::::. be::;:;use:€ ::::: ::::mea;s ;re;:;€ ;:;:;: oxa;: st: n; ;; Like any compute application ............. .................................................... ........................................ ................ ;::>:«:><:>;:<:>::;::>::>:>::>:;:::>::>:;::>::>::>::>:: the better the simulation the better :t: ::;cu ::u : b ::::: ; is ;':''' r = :' ' _.. ........... _ .:::. .:::: undxg < and::: ; ux lxg >, future transportation facilities . Tmode12 and Emme2 are two traffic models available to the MPO. The Tmode12 software is based on the 1985 Highway Capacity Manual and was used to forecast traffic for the US Highway 70 Reliever Route Study. The outcome of the study revealed frontage roads along US Highway 70 would be the best alternative . Emme2 was the software used during the subsequent Interstate Highway Access Study (IHAS) . This study concluded with recommendations on the most cost effective modifications to the current interstate system around Las Cruces given the expected traffic up to year 2020 . The IHAS study represents the most current traffic model available to the MPO. IHAS incorporated the Tmode12 base network with revised demographic, traffic analysis zone, and roadway information into Emme2 for the most up-to-date model possible . The upgrade process for Emme2 first began by calibrating with current traffic counts on as many roads as possible; however, the computerized road network was given much more detail than before . Seven types of roadway classifications were used ranging from local streets, interstate ramps, and major arterials, each with its own speed, width, and capacity. Demographic information was also updated such as population, housing, retail, and non-retail employment . The intent of the updates was to develop the Emme2 model as close as possible to the actual system. The simulation began with the computer generating the number of trips between each traffic analysis zone (a small geographic area with unique traffic characteristics) in the network. Once completed, each trip was then assigned to the shortest path between each origin and destination until the computerized path or route was at capacity and could not carry anymore traffic . At this point, the computer �Ga ded t v© use° t a a ratite } .. .. ..... ........ rerouted additional traffic to the next shortest path until all the trips were allocated. A review of the simulation' s results demonstrated major areas of congestion. These areas had more cars than could be supported by the interstates and roadway (FIGURES 5-1 & 5-2) . Given the results, the model was then modified with more lanes or new roads 5-6 and re-run. The new results were then evaluated as to how the modifications reduced the congestion found from the earlier simulations . It was through this iterative process that the most cost effective future transportation network was planned for the interstates (FIGURES 5-3 through 5-5) , US Highway 70 (FIGURES 5-6a & 6b through 5-7) , and the rest of the thoroughfare network (FIGURE 5-8) . oxxg t i ±tariage n Sir.Stern had b� n... 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Th results of theb ';`;e :> e >> : ;s >> rd»> e intense e .;:.;:.......;:.;:.;:...;:.;:.::.::.::.::.;:.;:. :.;:. :.;:.;:.;:.; modeling effort used in the U.S Highway 70 Reliever Route/Frontage Road Study, the Interstate Highway Access Study, and the Lohman/Amador Corridor Study, in conjunction with the other elements of this plan, are presented as other current issues and transportation improvements within the MPO. Traffic Modeling Results and Project Development Efforts : US Highway 70 Frontage Roads The intense traffic modeling process recommended US Highway 70 frontage roads be implemented in four phases . The first stage in this process is projected development which has been ongoing since 1990 . The most recent action has been the decision by local, state, and federal officials against doing a Major Metropolitan Investment Plan as defined by ISTEA. Instead, an update to a 1991 Environmental Assessment and an NMSHTD "Finding of No Significant Impact" will occur in 1994-95 . The estimated stages, or phases of the US Highway 70 project are further outlined in Table 5-2 . The first phase, illustrated in FIGURE 5-9, would be to update the environmental document and to complete a design, obtain right-of-way, and then construct the Mesa Grande Overpass in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Frontage road construction beginning at I-25, would start in 1998 and continue in phases as the funding permitted. These frontage roads would provide access to adjacent properties keeping local traffic separated from through traffic . The construction of these frontage roads would have little negative impact on the through traffic operating on US Highway 70 because of the required traffic mitigation plans during construction. The cost of Phase I includes all right-of-way and utility costs for the entire project and totals approximately 18 . 7 million dollars . This stage could conceivably be completed with the first six years of the plan. 5-7 3 . 4 Local government landscaping standards should be adopted and followed at time of implementation or reconstruction of roadways and "Adopt-a-Highway" programs of local and state government supported in an effort to maintain an attractive corridor and reduce maintenance costs . OBJECTIVE 4 : Establish policy for transportation corridors that mitigate congestion caused by private automobiles . POLICY: 4 . 1 The MPO will actively support the analysis, design, and implementation of alternative modes at the time of thoroughfare construction, reconstruction, or property development in order to encourage positive changes in the mode split . <2 h E W.1 .� _ act�u��� support �h� �an�es� ©z . xntnanc , da and tfxG m� .. f...cr the I: n. a.f s a d ori.:: fid ��:: ...1 Q t z s...wh c;lum ; to G paG t :.t .:: ra e e d T ere._sud,kz z a ns n :: ; :c ::::::»:: :h :>::;: rnn:.:.:>::::: a s:s>::>z«�: ::..1: me:n:t:ed : 5-35 Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Plan PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ELEMENT 6-1 INTRODUCTION The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 has placed greater emphasis on the encouragement and development of modes of transportation other than the automobile . Both the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the City of Las Cruces are interested in encouraging intermodalism, and this document is being produced to maintain and improve existing public transportation and its future expansion for the City of Las Cruces and the Las Cruces MPO area. Purpose and Scope The purpose and intent of the Public Transportation Element of the Las Cruces MPO Transportation Plan is to establish consistent policies and programs for the maintenance and improvement to all existing public transportation programs; including fixed-route transit service, demand response paratransit service, car and vanpool programs, and related public transportation facilities and services . This plan also provides for the expansion of existing transportation services and the implementation of intermodal public transportation services with other modes of transportation. This plan establishes a set of goals and objectives to be achieved through policies describing how the City of Las Cruces and MPO will improve, maintain, and expand public transportation for the next twenty years . Included in the goals and objectives are the promotion of all public transportation programs, the consideration of a public transportation authority for all of Dona Ana County, the creation of public transportation corridors, service to persons with disabilities, and increased intermodalism. Fares, routes, and mapping provisions are also included. Finally, this plan has been developed to begin systematic planning and implementation in the area of public transportation. This plan will not only provide the basis for all public transportation facilities within the City of Las Cruces and the MPO, but potentially within Dona Ana County as well . FRAMEWORK OF THE ELEMENT This plan is to serve as the Public Transportation Element to the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization' s Transportation Plan. It is intended to serve as a stand alone element with interconnection to all other elements, including the Financial Element . a ua tc�_. gu e .. ire.... ptz t an g© to ori : : ::;>::::>::;a::> . :::::>::::>. t: :r:::::::<:a: ora::t:a:o ::::>::::>: :hou:: :h:::::>:::::ai: Z:.:<>;:;:>; czvz:d.......:...:::::c .... ...... ...d......a....................................................................................................... .. y P::::: :::::::::::::::::. .:::::::: e: »::<>: to :;:: The I.C.Publrnrx:ori:::>::> Maua:: :em. at....... . . e��:ab :. : h� ..... ..:::... : : .. . .: J:::::: ::::::::::::::::: .::: ::::::: corice tual framework of the MPO s trans ortatlon 'lann n efforts P P P g are represented in FIGURE 1-1 . 6-2 of the City of Las Cruces, 2) providing fixed-route service and/or feeder service to the east mesa of Las Cruces and MPO area, 3) connecting the Town of Mesilla with the existing fixed-route service in Las Cruces, 4) servicing the West Mesa Industrial Park/Airport and the north valley with fixed-route service to provide work-bound and residential transportation to the two areas, respectively, 5) expanding the demand response paratransit service to all eligible residents of the MPO area as fixed-route service is provided or expanded, and 6) improving rideshare, carpool, vanpool, scheduling, and telecommuting services to act as congestion mitigation and prevention devices for the area' s larger employers . The current public transportation system provides a much needed service to the Las Cruces area. Currently, it is limited to providing service to the central city area only. This makes public transportation viable for those persons living and working in the central city. Carpooling and other programs work for employees of larger employers such as NASA, White Sands Missile Range, and El Paso manufacturers . These services make less of an impact on the existing highway infrastructure as compared to single occupancy vehicle commuters . Unfortunately, car and vanpools do not provide the carrying capacity that transit service provides . Also, public transportation best serves specific destinations such as tourist attractions, shopping areas, and schools . These services also better serve specific age and income groups . A viable solution to resolving the many issues of public transportation is to maintain the existing services and to improve upon all forms of public transportation by means of further investigation and study. :::Pub. G raxa pQr at: ;pan. anAgemgn� S���o�i > w� �ch>c�i�� c«r�si s�; off: thy; duvet S6otion; I5 epdrt .prQ�riid.:::to :: h F .dxa Trar9 p c v �e:::dat:a an+d pres et=Sp a fz of r a. ora a . u . .h .. gzduur rads ar�d :fie that rniht Qour:; to­­ h >:,::. . :.. .: :::. xx. ting ptu I. ransp r at n ys rn 6-13 GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND POLICIES GOAL: Establish public transportation services that maximizes transportation availability to all sectors of the population in a safe, dependable, and comfortable manner and that mitigates the need to use an automobile . OBJECTIVE l: Encourage and expand the public transportation system with the City of Las Cruces and Las Cruces MPO Planning Area (see FIGURE 6-2) . POLICY: 1 . 1 Establish public transportation study corridors along specific roadways within the MPO Area to determine the viability of fixed-route service . 1 . 2 Establish public transportation study areas within the MPO area to determine the possible expansion of fixed-route and paratransit service in outlying areas communities to provide connection to any existing public transportation service . 1 . 3 Determine the potential for using non-traditional vehicles, i .e . smaller buses, mini-buses, or vans, as compared to larger size buses in order to save on operating expenses to outlying communities and areas . 1 . 4 Encourage the use of park-and-ride programs, car pools, and van pools to save time and money for work- bound commuters . 1 . 5 Develop incentive programs for both employers and employees to use the public transportation system. ..... 1 :.:> t:em I'' . . .......... ...... ...... . utu :;: t �oewhr < tn . .. ............c...................... .. t :f: : :<:: :n: :t�: maf:: :on<::::ad::::>: :he::::>: :. : :: e ::::�:ec t z:: n:::::> >5: :;: :: ::;.ec: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::.::::::.:::::::.:::::::::::::::::::................... ;;;; .;:.::.:;::::::::::::: .;:::.;:...:.:;..:.....: ..;..:.::.::.: .::. : : . .;.:...:.;...;:::.;::.;:.;:.:...................... ... .... MS.Fed > dmnx::s:t: an .. . .... OBJECTIVE 2 : Improve public transportation services to growing communities outside the urbanized area and the MPO planning area (see FIGURE 6-2) . POLICY: 2 . 1 Determine the feasibility of providing public transportation services to the communities of northern and southern Dona Ana County that are not within the MPO' s planning area. 6-14 2 . 2 Establish procedures for better intergovernmental coordination of public transportation services within the county. 2 . 3 Establish public transportation study corridors along specific roadways outside the MPO Area to determine the viability of fixed-route service . (see FIGURE 6-2) . 2 .4 Establish public transportation study areas within the MPO area to determine the possible expansion of fixed-route and paratransit service in outlying areas and communities to provide connection to any existing public transportation service . 2 . 5 Determine the potential for using non-traditional vehicles, i . e . smaller buses, mini-buses, or vans, as compared to larger size buses in order to save on operating expenses to outlying communities and areas . 2 . 6 Encourage the use of park-and-ride programs, car pools, and van pools to save time and money for work- bound commuters . 2 . 7 Develop incentive programs for both employers and employees to use the public transportation system. ...........................................::::: a .paY at x n an�.ge nr, y e n h: h::iia I: >: an :: s ::<< .:f>:>::: ;.::: >: »::::; .:::::::t.::..: ...::::: r�::::::: .u;t.uz :::::.. ::::: axe ..:c . .t t.1on p.: a c. nformatrn azd:::t � xa red SeGxora. 15. . apo.. t„ ::: .::: `ede.ra ::Z`rd a .::A.d fimstr n, OBJECTIVE 3 : Improve intermodalism to existing and future public transportation system with other modes of transportation. POLICY: 3 . 1 Establish public transportation intermodal facilities at key locations that will connect any form of public transportation to other modes and other public transportation systems, including the connection to interstate and intrastate busing facilities, ports of aviation, and railroad terminals . 3 . 2 Improve pedestrian facilities and street lighting that front or service public transportation routes . 3 . 3 Provide for accessible public transportation shelters and facilities along all fixed-routes to better serve persons with disabilities . 3 .4 Provide for transit pull-off areas along most major arterials on which fixed-routes exist to improve the 6-16 • i Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Plan INTERMODAL ELEMENT 10-1 INTRODUCTION The term "intermodalism" , refers to the transfer of people, goods, services between different modes of transportation. For example, an intermodal facility is where a user or commodity transfers from one mode of transportation to another in route to a destination. As a concept, intermodalism should be encouraged to promote automobile efficient alternatives to the private automobile mitigating intrusive environmental impacts to the area. Purpose The purpose of this element is to identify MPO policy on intermodalism, the applications of such policies, �; 9.� tem of .: xn��:r tc� a�, managem�n�, and non-traditional projects that enhance ..........::.......................................................:.:...:..... ............ intermoal fa6iliEie**s . This element is also intended to interconnect all other elements of this plan into a truly intermodal regional transportation system. FRAMEWORK OF THE ELEMENT As one section of the Transportation Plan, the Intermodal Element' s conceptual framework is represented in FIGURE 1-1 . The Intermodal Element serves as Level 113 " document or master plan that focuses on the coordination of intermodalism and policies for its application among local government . The Intermodal Element not only reflects MPO policy but specific goals, objectives, and policies for the City of Las Cruces . FIGURE 1-2 depicts the City of Las Cruces comprehensive planning framework and the location of the Intermodal Element . STUDY AREA INFORMATION Existing Facilities and Programs Even though the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 clearly defined and mandated "intermodalism" and "enhancement" , the concept was already being implemented at the local level . Bike paths were originally established within the City in 1973 . The RoadRunner Transit system began operation in 1987 and Rideshare (carpooling) since 1988 . Originally, these systems were established as "stand-alone" programs and facilities, but with the passage of ISTEA, they are now becoming integrated. 10-2 When ISTEA became federal law in 1991, the MPO was officially required to consider alternative modes (those other than a private vehicle) when planning for transportation. Shortly after 1991, the MPO began to address the points of interchange or access between modes to reduce bottlenecks that constricted the flow of people and goods . The costs and benefits were weighed between additional roadway construction and the usage of alternative modes . As a result, the MPO has increased the planning effort for public transportation, resulting in the use of flexible funding sources to increase paratransit operations and to design bike paths for the Triviz Drive corridor. Also, after the City of Las Cruces adopted the University Avenue Corridor Plan, the MPO began working with the City to plan for bus pull-off areas at major bus stops along University Avenue . The MPO has also provided input to the planning and development of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry and a state highway which could connect to the City' s airport . This highway would provide connection to communities outside the MPO' s area and the Port of Entry' s access to the State of Chihuahua in Mexico. CURRENT ISSUES/DATA 1 . The funding requirements for intermodal projects impact their development . The majority of intermodal projects are currently funded through Enhancement Funds which have a matching requirement of 75% federal and 25% local match. Ten percent of the state' s largest federal funding source must be allocated as Enhancements Funds . 2 . Local commitments have been made to aggressively pursue landscaping, restoration, and facility improvements . The City has submitted projects for all three and provided resolutions indicating funding support . Mesilla has submitted and received approval for landscaping and bicycle paths on NM 28 . These projects include bicycle path construction, railroad depot restoration, and pedestrian walkways . Many enhancements are "stand alone" projects, but in the future, many will implemented in conjunction with roadway construction projects . 3 . An Intermodal Management System planning will reduce environmental impact and traffic congestion by providing alternative transportation opportunities (transit, bicycle, or walking) thereby reducing dependency on the private _. m it . auto ob e t .:::':>: . 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Since the federal matching requirement is 75/25, more enhancement funding per dollar is available than traditional sources would allow. Additionally, the requirement to expend 100 of the funds on enhancements provides further incentives . As enhancements are implemented, the transfer of people and goods among alternate modes has the opportunity to become easier and safer, thereby, reducing the impact of congestion. For the purpose of this element and as part of the MPO Transportation Plan, intermodal planning should consist of providing enhancement projects in conjunction with existing plans that would upgrade or construct transportation corridors . Enhancement projects submitted by local government exhibit several things in common. One, they currently make use of existing facilities . Two, they are tied to other projects or plans and three, have been evaluated through the MPO planning process . Several are designed to relieve existing "single occupancy vehicle" (SOV' s) congestion and have considered the overall social, economic, energy, and environmental effects . These projects are required by ISTEA as a portion of total transportation activities . Two of the currently recommended projects emphasize transit while the third, bike paths and view protection. In the future, intermodal projects should be coordinated with planned construction projects and can use used implement landscaping within the corridor. For these reasons, the MPO considers this element to be in accordance with ISTEA mandated Planning Factors (page 2-21) . GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND POLICIES GOAL: Establish procedures to ensure intermodalism, facilities, and services are available for all transportation users within the MPO area. OBJECTIVE 1: Create a Master Intermodal Plan that would provide guidance on the planning and implementation of intermodal facilities and the concepts associated with intermodalism. 10-4 LAS CRUC S METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORIZATION OLICY COMMITTEE ACTION FORM FOR MEETING OF: September 7, 1994 AGENDA ITEM: Discussion/Other Items of Interest - Presentation of NMSHTD' s Statewide Long Range Transportation Plan ACTION REQUESTED: None . SUPPORT INFORMATION: 1 . Please remember to bring a copy of the NMSHTD Transportation Plan that was provided under separate cover with a letter from Michael Parks, MPO Planner, dated August 22 , 1994 . DISCUSSION/OPTIONS: NMSHTD Planning Staff will provide a presentation on the state' s long range transportation plan. MPO Staff is of the understanding that the NMSHTD staff will be requesting that the MPO Policy Committee to provide them with comments and other recommendations for the statewide transportation plan. If you did not recieve a copy of the state' s transportation plan under separate cover, please feel free to contact either Michael Parks or David Carpenter at 526-0620 . We will provide you with a copy.