Transportation & Infrastructure

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

Investments not only in public transit, passenger rail, and paved roads, but broadband infrastructure, drinking water and sewer lines, and modern wastewater treatment facilities provide the groundwork for economic development and job creation. I am committed to ensuring New Mexico has these resources. We must also continue to develop plans to modernize our electrical transmission infrastructure so we can accelerate development of distributed and renewable energy resources.

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  • NM Delegation Secures Funding To Increase Pipeline Safety Across New Mexico

     U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) has awarded a total of $1,246,218 to the New Mexico Pipeline Safety Bureau, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and New Mexico State Public Regulation Commission. As a major energy producer, New Mexico is home to a large network of pipelines, along with other modes of energy transportation, and this funding will support public safety in New Mexico by investing in the state’s pipeline, road, and rail safety programs and prevent leaks and accidents.  Read More


  • NM Delegation Announces Over $8.3 Million in Grants to 18 Airports Across the State

    WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded over $8.3 million in grants to 18 New Mexico airports for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment. The funds are from Department of Transportation (DoT) grants for infrastructure improvements as well as from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March. Read More


  • NM Delegation Applauds Over $13.6 Million in Grants to Airports Across the State

    WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded $13,650,443 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to 10 New Mexico airports for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment. The funds are from Department of Transportation (DoT) grants for infrastructure improvements as well as from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich, Torres Small Applaud Grants to Improve Water Access in Doña Ana County

    WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded the combined $100,000 in Community Facilities Grants awarded to the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumer Association by USDA-Rural Development to maintain reliable water service for over 2,000 New Mexicans living in rural areas of the county.  Read More


  • Haaland, Heinrich Call Out FCC for Shortchanging Tribes on Tribal Broadband Application Deadline

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) led a bicameral group of lawmakers calling out the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for shortchanging Tribes on the Tribal broadband application deadline. In a letter to the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the lawmakers cite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and call for a full 180-day extension from the original August 3, 2020, 2.5 GHz Tribal priority filing window deadline, instead of the FCC's 30-day extension that was announced one working day before the deadline expiration. Read More


  • Torres Small, Udall, Heinrich Hail Over $10 Million in Funding to Modernize Water Infrastructure Across Rural New Mexico

    Las Cruces, NM - U.S. Representative Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) and U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded more than $10 million to organizations across rural New Mexico to modernize water and wastewater infrastructure through its Rural Development program. Read More


  • Heinrich, McSally Introduce Legislation To Provide Electricity To Navajo Households

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) are introducing legislation to authorize a one-time $89 million infusion of funds into the Navajo Electrification Demonstration Program (NEDP) to empower the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to implement projects that bring electric power to Navajo households. The senators will be seeking the funding in a bill for COVID-relief or other near-term legislation. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Announce Over $41 Million in 2020 PILT Payments for 32 NM Counties

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that 32 counties across New Mexico will receive $41,357,054 through the Department of Interior's (DOI) Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The PILT funding will be used by local governments across New Mexico to provide crucial services to residents, such as public safety, fire protection, emergency response, road maintenance, and more. A full list of funding by county is available below. Read More


  • Udall, Heinrich Join Bipartisan Letter To Amtrak Opposing Cuts To The Southwest Chief

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan letter to the President of Amtrak opposing plans to terminate one out of every five employees, putting thousands out of work, and reducing the hours of operation of the National Network that includes the long-distance passenger rail route of the Southwest Chief. In New Mexico, the Southwest Chief serves several communities, including Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy, Albuquerque, and Gallup. Senators Udall and Heinrich are stressing the need to protect New Mexico jobs and surrounding local economies. Read More