Travel Times is the E-newsletter for the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. This monthly newsletter will be distributed via email to any and all interested in transportation, transportation planning, and the latest activities of member governments in New Mexico's Mid-Region.
Included in each monthly issue of Travel Times:
The Average Weekday Traffic 2000-2015 map illustrates where traffic has increased and decreased in the Albuquerque region between 2000 and 2015. To generate this map, a roadway's 2015 average weekday traffic (AWDT) was divided by its AWDT from the year 2000 to create a ratio. A ratio below 1 means that a roadway's 2015 AWDT is less than its 2000 AWDT, and a ratio above 1 indicates that a roadway's AWDT has increased since 2000. Roadways with a ratio below 1 are green while those with a ratio above 1 are red. If you click on a link of roadway in the interactive map, a pop up window will show you AWDT for every year between 2000 and 2015 accompanied by a chart graph.
Transit mode share is defined as the percentage of total travelers using bus or rail transit. MRCOG analyzes mode share as part of the congestion management process and because the Futures 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan set a goal for transit mode share in the region.To calculate the number of vehicle travelers, weekday traffic counts were adjusted using an average vehicle occupancy rate of 1.2 passengers. Weekday bus and rail ridership data were used to calculate the number of transit travelers on each road segment. In 2014, the Central Avenue corridor in Albuquerque had exceptionally high transit mode share. Greater than 10 percent of total travelers used bus transit in the urban section of Central between Rio Grande Blvd. and Pennsylvania St. Much of the corridor, particularly in Downtown and Nob Hill, had over 20 percent transit mode share. Three main bus routes served the urban section of Central in 2014: Route 766 (Red Line Rapid Ride), Route 777 (Green Line Rapid Ride), and Route 66 (local and frequent stop service). The implementation of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) bus system will significantly improve the quality and reliability of transit service on Central. ART will operate on a dedicated bus guideway along much of the corridor, and it will incorporate signal priority at many intersections. The current alignment of Route 777 will be extended west from Downtown to Unser Blvd., which will dramatically increase the number of transit trips across the Rio Grande.
The BICI Bikeshare is now over one year old and there are interesting data emerging from the pilot program. Above is a an infographic developed about BICI usage over the past year.
This map illustrates the indirect impacts of creating 100 professional, scientific, and technical services jobs in each of the seven MRCOG sub-regions and the rest of New Mexico. Each sub-region was run individually, and estimates were produced using outputs from the Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) PI+ model.
East Albuquerque serves as the largest employment center in the region and the state. Thus, the largest impact occurs in East Albuquerque, where 93 indirect jobs across all industries are created in addition to the 100 direct jobs.
This also results in indirect job creation in other sub-regions (47 jobs), primarily in West Albuquerque (13 jobs) and the rest of Bernalillo County (19 jobs).
Significant indirect job creation occurs in East Albuquerque when new jobs are created in other sub-regions, particularly West Albuquerque (87 jobs), the rest of Bernalillo County (83 jobs), or Rio Rancho (34 jobs). This is because many of the builders and suppliers that support the new jobs are located in East Albuquerque.
Note that indirect job creation of less than 10 jobs is not shown in the graphic.
This graphic provides an interesting comparison between gender in all bicycle trips within the MRCOG region and gender of BICI bike share users within the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area.
The 2014 MRCOG House Travel Survey found that more men (67%) use a bicycle for trips than women (32%), but interestingly more women (54%) use BICI bike share than men (45%). Additionally, recent data analysis found that 65% of BICI bike share users are from New Mexico, while 35% are from outside of New Mexico.
In 2012, there was only about one job for every two houses on the west side of the Rio Grande within the Mid-Region. This low employment-to-housing ratio meant many Westside residents needed to cross the river on a limited number of bridges to travel to work on the Eastside. By 2040, the employment-to-housing ratio on the Westside will improve, when compared to 2012, but will remain imbalanced. The ratio on the Westside is expected to increase by about 15 percent from 2012 to 2040, which will largely be due to an employment increase of more than 87 percent. Conversely, the ratio on the east side is expected to drop by about three percent. While much of the housing growth of the Mid-Region is expected to be on undeveloped land in its western extremities, many areas in the urban core will have higher housing densities in the future. Existing urban areas in Downtown, Uptown, and along the Central Avenue corridor will experience faster housing growth than employment growth.
This month's 'Graphic of the Month,' actually a video animation, shows urban development in the Albuquerque metropolitan area by mapping residential and non-residential building permits from 1990 through 2014. Note that yearly building permits, depicted in dark red and dark blue, appear to decrease after the recession in 2008. Creating this graphic involved formatting building permit data from governments in the region and then mapping it using the data's geographic information (a process called geocoding). Over 115,000 permits are displayed in the graphic.
MRMPO Staff Credits: Andrew Gingerich, Maida Rubin, and Kendra Montanari
This graphic shows existing BICI bike share stations in downtown Albuquerque and where a bicyclist can ride within five minutes (light blue) and 10 minutes (dark blue) of a station. This analysis, based on 2012 data, also found that within a 10 minute bike ride of a BICI station, there are about 31,849 people, 28,562 households, and 50,721 employees.
As the central region of New Mexico emerged from the Great Recession, the broad services industry class grew to 71.3 percent of all jobs in the region in 2013.1 In 2006, services accounted for 63.9 percent of all jobs. Much of the growth occurred in the healthcare and social assistance industry sector, which grew from 12.3 percent of jobs in 2007 to 16.9 percent of jobs in 2013. By comparison, the share of jobs in the goods producing class steadily declined each year from 16.7 percent in 2006 to 10.8 percent in 2013.2 The share of jobs in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry class declined from 19.5 percent in 2007 and 2008 to 17.9 percent in 2013.
Industry classes are groups of industry sectors as defined by the North American Industry Classification System. The classes are organized into the following three groups.
The data source for this analysis is the U.S. Census Bureau's Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics' (LEHD) Origin-Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) program. New 2013 LODES data were released with the OnTheMap data tool version 6.4.1 in August of 2015. To use the OnTheMap tool, go to http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/
The largest number of cross-county commuting flows in the region occurred between Sandoval County and Bernalillo County. There were 27,461 workers who lived in Sandoval County but were employed in Bernalillo County, which was 2.6 times the number of workers (10,486) who lived in Bernalillo County but were employed in Sandoval County.