MRCOG is home to the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA).
The Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) provides metropolitan and rural transportation planning for the entire four-county area (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties), which includes development of both a long-range transportation plan (MTP) and a short-term Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Albuquerque metropolitan area, and a long-range transportation plan for rural areas in the region (RTP).
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required by federal law for all urbanized areas with populations greater than 50,000. MPO's are responsible for carrying out metropolitan transportation plans and programs. The MPO for the AMPA is the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO). The Metropolitan Transportation Board, composed of local elected leaders, sets policy for transportation issues in the urban area.
Activities undertaken by MRMPO that support long range and short range transportation planning include traffic monitoring and traffic counts, analysis of current socio-economic conditions and development of forecasts, travel demand forecasting, roadway safety analysis, transportation accessibility modeling, and mapping (GIS).
MRMPO's transportation planning data and forecasts are used by local and state agencies to develop and complete transportation projects. MRMPO uses the information for the urban area to develop a regional 20-year long-range transportation plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and the short-term Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The MTP and the TIP are the tools for bringing federal transportation funds to the metropolitan area.
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