Transportation & Infrastructure

A safe, efficient transportation system and strong basic infrastructure helps move New Mexico forward and support our local economy. 

Investments in public transit, paved roads, and alternative forms of transportation, are critical to meeting our future needs and provide the groundwork for economic development and job creation in New Mexico. I am committed to ensuring New Mexico has adequate and safe roads and a reliable public transportation system for future generations of New Mexicans to use.

Efficient broadband infrastructure, drinking water and sewer lines and modern wastewater treatment facilities are critical to our economic development. I am also committed to ensuring we continue to develop plans to modernize our electrical transmission infrastructure, so we can accelerate development and implementation of renewable energy technologies.

Future growth in New Mexico’s burgeoning science and technology companies will heavily rely on having the basic infrastructure and resources they need to thrive.

I am a strong supporter of investing in basic infrastructure and believe that it will not only help meet our transportation and technology needs, but will also assist in putting us back on a sustainable path of economic growth.


  • Senate Approves Udall, Heinrich Amendment to Boost Funding for Southwest Chief

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that their bipartisan amendment to provide an additional $50 million in federal funding to help maintain Amtrak train services along the established, long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote. This amendment would effectively halt Amtrak's proposal to substitute rail service with bus service over large segments of the route through FY2019. The amendment was sponsored by Udall and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and cosponsored by Heinrich and U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), all senators who represent states through which the critical Southwest Chief route runs. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Announce $1.3 million in Federal Funding for Village of Los Lunas Water Infrastructure Improvements

    "Economic development depends on 21st-century infrastructure improvements like this," said Heinrich. “As the Ranking Member on the Joint Economic Committee, I have called for greater investment in rural America. We need to level the playing field to help smaller communities compete with larger cities. I will continue fighting for forward-looking investments that connect all New Mexicans to new job growth opportunities, attract new private capital, and encourage the creation of new businesses.” Read More

  • Senators urge retention of Southwest Chief rail service

    SANTA FE - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from five states, including New Mexico Democrats Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, is urging Amtrak to keep train passenger service over all of the route of the Southwest Chief, which runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles. Read More

  • Heinrich Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling On Amtrak To Uphold Commitment To Long-Distance Rail Service, Southwest Chief

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) led a bipartisan group of Senators from states spanning the country in urging Amtrak to uphold its side of a longstanding public-private partnership to continue operating the Southwest Chief passenger train and long-distance passenger service, particularly through rural communities. The Southwest Chief runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles and connects towns and cities in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Announce $23 Million Of Federal Funding For N.M. Airports

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.)announced more than $23 million in grants to support air transportation infrastructure at 26 airports across New Mexico. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration awarded the Air Improvement Program grants to fund airport rehabilitation and provide critical new equipment. Read More

  • NM Sens. secure $6.5 M for Alamogordo flood control project

    U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Tuesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to the senators' request to provide $6.5 million in infrastructure funding to complete a flood management project in Alamogordo, according to a joint press release from Udall and Heinrich’s offices. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Announce $6.5 Million from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Flood Control Project in Alamogordo

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to the senators' request to provide $6.5 million in infrastructure funding to complete a flood management project in the City of Alamogordo, N.M. Udall and Heinrich successfully pushed for the Corps to dedicate this funding, which will go toward completing a construction project designed to prepare and protect the city of Alamogordo from flooding, improve safety, and prevent expensive damage to residences, businesses, and public property during severe storms. Read More

  • The State Of Rural Communities: A Report

    Recently, the Joint Economic Committee Democrats released a report that evaluated that state of the economy in rural communities, and proposed policies that could help them. Donna Resendez examines this report, with the help of a JEC press conference featuring Senator Martin Heinrich. Read More

  • Udall, Heinrich Secure Provision Making Acequias Eligible for Grants and Technical Assistance

    Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that they have secured a provision in the Senate's 2018 Farm Bill to make acequias eligible for grants and technical assistance from conservation and environmental programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to increase agricultural water efficiency and further conservation of soil, water, and other natural resources. Read More