DEFICIENT ROADS COST NEW MEXICO DRIVERS
$2.6 BILLION A YEAR – NEARLY $1,700 PER DRIVER IN SANTA FE AREA

New Mexico legislators to hear testimony on new report documenting
condition of roads & bridges, congestion, safety & funding needs

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. MST
Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee Testimony (Room 311)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. MST
House Transportation & Public Works Committee Testimony (Room 305)

WHERE:
New Mexico State Capitol
490 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico

WHAT:

Driving on deficient roads costs New Mexico motorists a total of $2.6 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays, and traffic crashes, according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC.

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, TRIP’s associate director of research and communication, will provide testimony to the New Mexico Legislature’s Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, and to the House Transportation and Public Works Committee at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 30.  

The report, New Mexico Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility, examines road and bridge conditions, congestion, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in New Mexico. In addition to statewide information, the report contains regional data for the Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe urban areas and lists the 20 most congested corridors in the state.

The report also identifies approximately $2.8 billion of needed transportation projects throughout the state that are currently stalled due to lack of funding.

CONTACT:

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP) – (703) 801-9212 (cell)

Rocky Moretti (TRIP) – (202) 262-0714