We are proud to announce the release of the 2020 Traffic Flow Maps for the MRCOG region. The year 2020 was especially unique in that we faced a global pandemic which had tremendous impacts on society including a reduction in travel on our roadways. As part of the MRCOG’s Traffic Monitoring Program, specific attention was given to focused and targeted monitoring of the COVID-affected transportation system of roads. Beginning in March, the program was adapted for this purpose to focus on a subset of locations distributed across the varied metro area that would then be revisited several times throughout the year to provide representative indices of changes in traffic flow on a sub-regional and temporal (time of day) basis. The results are used by decision makers, local agencies, the media, and others to make informed decisions based on actual representative local data during these disruptive times.
Included in this release are separate maps for denoted geographic areas of the region, as well as a series of traffic statistics including 2019 Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA) roadway mileage, Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), Vehicle Hours Traveled (VHT), Top 25 Busiest Intersections with previous years for comparison. Also included are various graphics of historic traffic statistics on Daily VMT, VMT per capita, and volumes at select locations of interest such as the Rio Grande River Crossings and the Big I.
In short, the disruption to regional traffic due to COVID was significant: annual vehicle miles travelled (VMT) for the AMPA was reduced by nearly 20%. In addition, the amount of travel per person, ie, VMT per capita was reduced by over 22%. More detailed information is located on the MRCOG’s Traffic Monitoring web page. Note that the 2020 annualized volumes shown on the maps and tables were generated consistent with the New Mexico State Traffic Monitoring Standards, and used a combination of factors from the aforementioned subset counts, NMDOT permanent counter station data, and adjustment factors from NMDOT’s Traffic Monitoring Program.