New Mexico Transportation

New Mexico Transportation

The New Mexico transportation is well equipped with network of roads and railways along with public transit services that makes moving in and around the city an easy and enjoyable experience. The transportation in New Mexico operates through road, railways, freights and airways. Here is the description in a nutshell:

Road in New Mexico

New Mexico is well connected with 59,927 route miles of highway (as per the data of the year 2000). Over the years, the numbers have increased with the development of roads near Pojoaque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to freeways. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos is one of the most important bridges of New Mexico.

The rural and intercity public transportation by road in New Mexico is governed by Americanos USA, LLC, Greyhound Lines and several other operators.

The larger cities of New Mexico have the facilities of public transportation by road. The ABQ RIDE is the largest operator of such services.

 New Mexico Rail

The commuter rail system, New Mexico Rail Runner Express serves the metropolitan area of Albuquerque running from Belen to downtown Santa Fe with almost eight roundtrips in a day. However, the trains don’t run as frequently to Belen. The state also operates the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway, through a heritage narrow-gauge steam railroad in collaboration with the state of Colorado.
The BNSF Railway connects Santa Fe, Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Valencia Counties.

The Southwest Chief of Amtrak passes daily through Gallup, Albuquerque, Lamy, Las Vegas, and Raton connecting Los Angeles and the intermediate stations in between. It runs at a speed of 90 mph (140 km/h) and is the fastest among the Amtrak long distance trains.

There are proposals for the Front Range Commuter Rail which will be connecting Wyoming and New Mexico with high-speed rail.

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, and Denver & Rio Grande Railway are important railways of the state.

The Sunset Limited which is a successor to the Southern Pacific Railroad's train of the same name runs both directions at Lordsburg, and Deming while serving the intermediate stations and Los Angeles and New Orleans. The train runs on the trackage of Union Pacific in New Mexico.

New Mexico Freight

There are two class I railroads in New Mexico, - the BNSF Railway and the Union Pacific Railroad serving 2,200 route miles of railway together.

New Mexico Air

The state’s biggest and busiest airport is the Albuquerque International Sunport which is the state’s primary port of entry.

New Mexico Department of Transportation

New Mexico Department of Transportation Agency Overview
NMDOT Jurisdiction New Mexico
NMDOT Headquarters 1120 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
NMDOT Agency Executive Gary Giron, Cabinet Secretary
NMDOT Parent Agency State of New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Transportation Website

NMDOT Districts

  • District One - serves southwest New Mexico
  • District Two - serves the Roswell area
  • District Three - serves the Albuquerque area
  • District Four - serves the Las Vegas area
  • District Five - serves the Santa Fe area
  • District Six - serves the Milan area

List of Airports in New Mexico

City Served FAA IATA ICAO Airport Name Role Enpl.
Commercial Service - Primary Airports
Albuquerque ABQ ABQ KABQ Albuquerque International Sunport P-M 3,158,971
Farmington FMN FMN KFMN Four Corners Regional Airport P-N 17,044
Roswell ROW ROW KROW Roswell International Air Center P-N [nb 1] 34,712
Commercial Service - Non-Primary Airports
Carlsbad CNM CNM KCNM Cavern City Air Terminal CS 2,207
Santa Fe SAF SAF KSAF Santa Fe Municipal Airport (scheduled service resumed 2009) CS 355
Silver City SVC SVC KSVC Grant County Airport CS [nb 2] 2,607
Reliever Airports
Albuquerque AEG   KAEG Double Eagle II Airport R 6
General Aviation Airports
Alamogordo ALM ALM KALM Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport GA 414
Angel Fire AXX AXX KAXX Angel Fire Airport GA  
Artesia ATS ATS KATS Artesia Municipal Airport GA  
Aztec N19     Aztec Municipal Airport GA  
Belen E80     Alexander Municipal Airport GA  
Carrizozo F37     Carrizozo Municipal Airport GA 4
Clayton CAO CAO KCAO Clayton Municipal Airpark GA 5
Clovis CVN CVN KCVN Clovis Municipal Airport GA 2,419
Conchas Dam E89     Conchas Lake Airport GA  
Crownpoint 0E8     Crownpoint Airport GA 177
Deming DMN DMN KDMN Deming Municipal Airport GA 81
Dulce 24N     Jicarilla Apache Nation Airport GA  
Española E14 ESO   Ohkay Owingeh Airport (was San Juan Pueblo Airport) GA  
Fort Sumner FSU FSU KFSU Fort Sumner Municipal Airport GA 1
Gallup GUP GUP KGUP Gallup Municipal Airport (scheduled service ended in 2008) GA 4,222
Glenwood E94     Glenwood-Catron County Airport GA  
Grants GNT GNT KGNT Grants-Milan Municipal Airport GA 2
Hatch E05     Hatch Municipal Airport GA  
Hobbs HOB HOB KHOB Lea County Regional Airport GA 1,755
Jal E26     Lea County-Jal Airport GA  
Las Cruces LRU LRU KLRU Las Cruces International Airport GA 1,453
Las Vegas LVS LVS KLVS Las Vegas Municipal Airport GA 32
Lordsburg LSB LSB KLSB Lordsburg Municipal Airport GA  
Los Alamos LAM LAM KLAM Los Alamos Airport (Los Alamos County Airport) GA 6
Lovington E06     Lea County-Zip Franklin Memorial Airport GA 73
Magdalena N29     Magdalena Airport GA  
Moriarty 0E0     Moriarty Airport GA  
Navajo Dam 1V0     Navajo Lake Airport GA  
Portales PRZ   KPRZ Portales Municipal Airport GA  
Questa N24     Questa Municipal Airport (Questa Municipal Nr 2) GA  
Raton RTN RTN KRTN Raton Municipal Airport (Crews Field) GA 9
Reserve T16     Reserve Airport GA  
Ruidoso SRR RUI KSRR Sierra Blanca Regional Airport GA 278
Santa Rosa SXU   KSXU Santa Rosa Route 66 Airport GA  
Santa Teresa 5T6     Dona Ana County Airport at Santa Teresa GA 22
Shiprock 5V5     Shiprock Airstrip GA 28
Socorro ONM ONM KONM Socorro Municipal Airport GA 3
Springer S42     Springer Municipal Airport GA  
Taos SKX TSM KSKX Taos Regional Airport GA 7
Tatum E07     Tatum Airport GA  
Truth or Consequences TCS TCS KTCS Truth or Consequences Municipal Airport GA 75
Tucumcari TCC TCC KTCC Tucumcari Municipal Airport GA 2
Vaughn N17     Vaughn Municipal Airport (opened 2007?) GA  
Zuni ZUN   KZUN Black Rock Airport GA 374
Other Public-Use Airports (not listed in NPIAS)
Alamo 3N9     Alamo Navajo Airport    
Apache Creek 13Q     Jewett Mesa Airport    
Conchas Dam E61     Conchas Lake Seaplane Base    
Edgewood 1N1     Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport    
Estancia E92     Estancia Municipal Airport    
Lindrith E32     Lindrith Airpark    
Los Lunas E98     Mid Valley Airpark    
Mountainair M10     Mountainair Municipal Airport    
Silver City 94E     Whiskey Creek Airport   370
        Other Military Airports    
Alamogordo HMN HMN KHMN Holloman Air Force Base   165
Clovis CVS CVS KCVS Cannon Air Force Base    
Socorro 95E     Stallion AAF    
White Sands WSD WSD KWSD Condron AAF    
White Sands       White Sands Space Harbor    
Notable Private-Use Airports
Columbus 0NM0 CUS   Columbus Municipal Airport   2
Columbus NM78     Hacienda Sur Luna Airport   14
Hobbs NM83 HBB   Industrial Airpark    
        Notable Former Airports    
Albuquerque       Oxnard Field (1928 - 1948)    
Albuquerque       West Mesa Airport (1929 - 1967)    
Eunice E04     Eunice Airport (closed 2007?) GA