The Long Range System Maps in this guide provide information on the current and future planned transportation facilities that support travel by different modes to major destinations. The future facilities help ensure the region has an overall transportation system that is well connected. These recommendations help ensure that important network links are not overlooked as opportunities to improve the transportation system arise. The Long Range System Maps are as follows:
Long Range Roadway System (LRRS)
The LRRS shows the regional role for existing and future roadways in the overall network. The categories for regional roles are based upon functional classification, but principle arterials are broken into two groups: Regional and Community. Principal arterials in the region vary widely in terms of character and purpose, such as whether they are limited access or have a more diverse mix of land uses adjacent to them. These new categories allow for these differences to be recognized in conceptual designs and other efforts.
The LRBS shows both existing and future bikeways and paved trails. This map shows recommended types of bicycle facilities based on the safest and best option, however; the type of facility that ultimately gets implemented may vary based on local engineering assessments. The interactive web map also shows alignments such as the 50 Mile Activity Loop developed by the City of Albuquerque.
As with the Long Range Roadway System, the Long Range Transit Network is designed to support the principles of the 2040 Target Scenario. Specifically, the network seeks to efficiently connect Regional Activity Centers and expand frequency of transit along specific mixed-use corridors. This expanded transit also provides more river crossing options to help reduce congestion.
The PCI map is also considered a Long Range System Map, but the PCI does not include lines on the map that propose new facilities. Rather, the PCI was developed by evaluating various generators of pedestrian activity, which help prioritize Major Roads for future investment in pedestrian safety improvements and ADA facilities. Indeed, in some cases the infrastructure already exists and is well-designed; however, the intention of this analysis is to guide the region towards locations that have the most potential pedestrian use and that would therefore benefit the most from further improvements or study.