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05-12-1993 LAS CRUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION MESILLA DONA ANA COUNTY LAS CRUCES P U B L I C N 0 T I C E THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 1993 at 7 : 00 p.m. OF THE MPO POLICY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN C A N C E L L E D '"he next regularly scheduled meeting of the Metropolitan Planning (:rganization' s Policy Committee is tentatively scheduled for 'Orednesday, June 9, 1993 at 7 : 00 p.m. in the Las Cruces City Council :'hambers, 200 North Church St . , Las Cruces, New Mexico. If you ! ave any questions please call MPO Staff at 526-0620 . NOTE: If you are physically impaired or require assistance to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact TDD Number 526-1222, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting for assistance. PO DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 526-0620 LA. CRUCES METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION MESILLA DORA ANA COUNTY LAS CRUCES TO: MPO POLICY COMMITTEE AND TAC MEMBERS FROM: BRIAN DENMARK, MPO OFFICER DATE: APRIL 29 , 1993 SUBJECT: PROJECT STATUS As you receive another notice of meeting cancellation for the month of May, you may be wondering what MPO Staff is up to and the types of projects to expect in the near future. I would like to take this opportunity to identify these projects and explain to you how it all relates to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) . Now that the Federal Highway Administration is in full swing with implementing ISTEA, there are issues that MPOs need to address . As you recall, some of the requirements have been addressed via the Traffic Flow Map, adjusted Urbanized Census Boundary Map and MPO Boundary Map and the Functional Classification Map. In addition to these requirements , MPOs will be responsible to provide a twenty- year transportation plan for the MPO area within the next year and a half. We are fortunate enough to have a Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) that addresses some of the criteria specified within ISTEA. However, due to ISTEA, MPO Staff anticipates the need to update the .MTP within the next year. Staff foresees a change in format to the MTP from a purely graphical plan to a written and graphical plan identifying all forms of transportation planning--bicycle movement, transit, automobile, pedestrian, rail, and air traffic . How is this to be accomplished? MPO Staff is currently working on several projects to address this ISTEA requirement. First, staff is in the process of developing a Bike Path Master Plan that will focus on intermodal and recreational needs within the Las Cruces urban area. Research and data collection are currently being conducted in addition to a survey recently distributed to identify local bike path needs. Second, Transit Staff in coc:rdination with MPO Staff, will begin the process of developing a Twenty Year Transit Plan, identifying needs , future service areas and regulation impacts (ie, ADA requirements) to transit service. Third, MPO Staff with the assistance of Las Cruces ' Transportation Element Ad Hoc Committee, will be drafting an update to the Transportation Element of the City of Las Cruces Comprehensive Plan. The purpose of this project PO DRAWER CLC LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88004 526-0620 is to define future transportation goals and policy for the local urban area. Finally, the City of Las Cruces will be contracting out for services to develop an Airport Master Plan, identifying present and future air traffic needs for the area. These four projects , once completed, will be incorporated into a Comprehensive MPO Major Transportation Plan identifying intermodal transportation within our urbanized area. Such efforts will establish conformance with ISTEA requirements, providing an MPO with a plan that addresses future plans/policy for all forms of transportation. MPO Staff looks forward to your participation within the next year and a half on these projects . In addition to these projects , MPO Staff is working on a project identifying future transportation needs in the Picacho Hills area. Due to the amount of developable land in the area and recent sketch plan submittals, MPO Staff felt it necessary for the MPO to conduct future transportation planning for the area. Staff anticipates submitting the project to the TAC in either June or July. MPO Staff continues to wait for action by the ETZ to address land use policy for the Engler Road (or vicinity) Extension Project. The ETZ Commission directed county staff to gather additional information pertaining to this issue in December to present the results in March. Also, staff is working on the Lohman Avenue (Extension) Corridor Plan. Since the MPO had determined a planned alignment for the extension of Lohman Avenue East, corridor planning is warranted to continue the planning process . Issues to be addressed within the corridor plan are intermodal transportation movement and access, land use and urban design. Last, but not least, MPO Staff continues to perform day to day administrative duties required by the state or federal government, such as our Traffic Count Program HPMS (Highway Performance Monitoring System) data collection and reporting. We are halfway through the second year of the second three-year cycle of traffic counts and anticipate completing this federal fiscal year' s counts by the end of July or first part of August. An updated Traffic Flow Map should be available sometime next fall. The MPO Policy Committee' s Annual Meeting is regularly scheduled for July. MPO Staff is also now preparing the Annual Report for that meeting. I hope this identifies the MPO' s current project list, however if you desire additional information, please advise. pg cc Jim Ericson