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2040 MTP Update and Scenario Planning

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The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) has begun work on the region’s long-range transportation plan, Futures 2040.

Futures 2040

Futures 2040 is the update to the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and will include projections and forecasts of what Albuquerque's metropolitan area will look like in 20+ years from now in terms of population, employment, housing, number of vehicles on roadways, and other considerations. The plan will evaluate how we should invest in our transportation system to maintain and improve mobility, safety, and economic growth by determining what roads need to be built or improved, where transit investments should be made, and how to best provide bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The plan supports coordinated transportation and land use planning to make the region as livable and sustainable as possible. 

Futures 2040 Materials

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Ways to Stay Involved in Futures 2040

  • Sign Up

Sign-up for the MRMPO e-newsletter, Travel Times, to receive information on upcoming meetings, open houses, public comment periods and other MTP-related news

Join the conversation on our Facebook page (2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan)

  • Contact Us

Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 505-724-3627 with any questions

  • Receive Updates

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  about the plan, including upcoming public meetings, via email by contacting Tara Cok at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3627.

  • Invite Us

MRMPO staff members are available to present about Futures 2040 to your organization, employment site or any other type of group. If you are interested in having us present to your group, contact Julie Luna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3639. 

Futures 2040 Public Meetings

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A round of public meetings will be held this spring across the region to update and gather feedback from the public on our MTP and scenario planning development progress.

Meeting 1 - Albuquerque Area

WHEN: Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-7pm (a 30-minute presentation will be given at 6pm; the opportunity to participate in an optional workshop for giving feedback on the scenarios will begin at 6:30pm)
WHERE: The Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), 809 Copper Ave. NW, ABQ, NM 87102
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Meeting 2 - Rio Rancho Area

WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2:30-5pm (open house) and 5:30-7pm (a 30-minute presentation will be given at 6pm; the opportunity to participate in an optional workshop for giving feedback on the scenarios will begin at 6:30pm)
WHERE: Haynes Community Center, 2006 Grande Blvd., Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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Meeting 3 - Belen Area

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 5:30-7pm (a 30-minute presentation will be given at 6pm;the opportunity to participate in an optional workshop for giving feedback on the scenarios will begin at 6:30pm)
WHERE: Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Ln, Belen, NM 87002
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pdfDownload Futures 2040 Public Meetings Flyer

If you have any questions about these meetings, or if you require any special assistance to attend these meetings, please contact Tara Cok at 505-724-3627 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Para información en español, contacte a Aaron Sussman (505-724-3631 o This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Three Futures 2040 public kickoff meetings were held on November 5th, 6th and 7th in Los Lunas, Bernalillo, and Albuquerque. Information from those meetings (both from the presentation boards and the PowerPoint presentation) are now available here: Futures 2040 Public Kickoff Presentation

If you would like to receive notification of these meetings, please contact Tara Cok at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3627.

Informational boards on topics covered in the MTP were presented at our kickoff meetings. Copies of those boards are available in pdfPDF format here:

Future public meetings are planned to take place in April 2014 and October 2014 in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties. If you would like to receive notification of these meetings, please contact Tara Cok at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3627.

Futures 2040 will include two important new elements: scenario planning and a Long-Range Transportation System Guide, which is an update to the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS). The Long-Range Transportation System Guide will provide guidance on right-of-way widths, roadway access and multimodal and context-sensitive design.

Considering Potential Growth through Scenario Planning

In an effort to develop a more robust analysis of potential growth in the region, MRMPO is integrating scenario planning into Futures 2040. Scenario planning is a tool to evaluate the tradeoffs of different development patterns and measure the impacts of how we are growing or could potentially grow on our region's transportation network, land consumption, environmental quality, and economy.

What is Scenario Planning and Why do It?

Scenario planning considers:

    1. The different ways that land use and transportation growth might occur in the region
    2. Impacts of different growth scenarios on a variety of factors (environmental, economic, mobility, etc.)
    3. An assessment of which growth scenarios best meet regional needs

For example, one scenario could target job and housing growth around existing and future transit lines and measure the impact of that targeted development on vehicle trips and congestion across the region.

Why do we do scenario planning?

  • To develop a context for evaluating and understanding the costs and benefits of how we grow
  • To integrate land use planning efforts into MRMPO's plans and programs, particularly the upcoming 2040 MTP

Scenario Planning Workshops

In June 2013, MRMPO, with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration, organized a workshop to kick-off a regional scenario planning effort. The workshop included 71 participants from public agencies in the region involved in transportation, housing, water resources and public health. Another workshop took place in October 2013 with Health Professionals. During these workshops major regional challenges were identified and ranked. The results of these workshops are captured in the summary below. If you or a group you are affiliated with is interested in putting together a workshop with us please contact Caeri Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about the FHWA scenario planning program and to see the materials developed and presented at the workshop, see links below.

How you can be Involved in Scenario Planning

An important first step in the scenario development process is to receive feedback from stakeholders about where we want to go as a region and what our future might look like. We envision three stages in our outreach.

  • First, meet and learn from stakeholders about our regional challenges.
  • Second, develop scenarios and performance measures for the region based on this input.
  • Finally, present a baseline or trend scenario and alternative growth scenarios to compare and measure the differences.

MRMPO is currently reaching out to groups to discuss our regional challenges and needs. Areas of particular interest are water resources, economic development, and active living. The success of this effort depends on broad participation and collaboration, and we encourage you to contact us and stay involved with this effort.

For more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3604.

Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project

MRCOG was recently selected to participate in a study to consider how climate change analysis can be integrated into the long-range transportation and land use planning process. The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project will assess the costs and benefits of a series of growth scenarios to determine how best to manage congestion, reduce emissions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Background

The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project will assess the costs and benefits of a series of growth scenarios to determine how best to manage congestion, reduce emissions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. It is important to note that these are the same scenarios that will be utilized for the 2040 MTP. The region was selected in part due to its arid climate that is vulnerable to droughts and wildfires and air quality concerns related to mobile-source emissions.

The project is a partnership between MRCOG, the Federal Highway Administration, and federal land management areas including the Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and will build upon the analysis conducted as part of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Futures 2040. The project also provides funding support for developing and analyzing potential alternative growth scenarios and incorporating environmental and natural resource variables into MRCOG’s modeling environment.

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Components

Climate Futures

The first step in the project will be to build off of a recent Upper Rio Grande Basin Study completed by the Bureau of Reclamation to consider future climate conditions in the region. In particular, the project will consider the ranges of potential changes in temperature and precipitation levels, and whether those changes will make the region more vulnerable to events such as droughts, wildfires, and flooding. Potential climate futures may include conditions remaining more or less constant or becoming hotter and drier over time.

Mitigation

Through the study the MRCOG region will serve as an example for the other metropolitan areas by considering ways to improve air quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies as part of our long-range transportation plan development process. Transportation results in almost 30 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. and there are significant opportunities to improve conditions locally by reducing vehicle miles traveled through various strategies or encouraging less energy-intensive forms of transportation. The region currently experiences relatively high levels of particulate matter emissions, as well as ozone or (O3), which forms when nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) – common vehicle emissions – are exposed to sunlight.

Adaptation

The study will consider the impacts of climate change on New Mexico with particular emphasis placed on both the supply and potential demand for water resources over the coming decades. Water resource levels may vary greatly depending on changing precipitation and temperature levels throughout the Rio Grande Basin (for more information see the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Rio Grande Basin Study. What is more, the level of growth that is projected for the four-county region (about 500,000 new residents by 2040) may increase the strain on water supplies. Analysis will be performed on how best to adapt to potential changes in water supply in the region, as well as how consumption patterns may vary depending on the forms that development takes within the region.

Timeline and Outcomes

The Climate Change Scenario Planning Project will be conducted alongside Futures 2040 and will be completed by winter 2014/2015.

  • Futures 2040 MTP

    Development scenarios that will be utilized for Futures 2040 will be subject to additional analysis related to climate change impacts. All results will be summarized and integrated into the MTP.
  • Climate Change Action Plan

    The Federal Highway Administration will author an Action Plan for the region that will outline strategies to respond to projected water resource availability, manage growth to reduce water and energy consumption and protect vulnerable lands and resources.
  • Guidebook

    The FHWA will document the process employed in the MRCOG region and outline how it could be reproduced in other areas around the country.

If you’d like to be involved in the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project

Although the climate-change related analysis is technical in nature, interested persons may participate in the scenario development process to help identify the ways that growth may occur in the region. For more information on the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project contact Aaron Sussman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 505-724-3631.

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Materials

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We also want to encourage you to provide your views as work progresses with the plan. There are several ways to make it easier for you to participate and keep informed:

- Keep informed with a variety of our newsletters and alerts by signing up HERE

- We’ll go present the plan to your local group – request a presentation – call Julie Luna at 505-724-3639 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- Visit our 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan webpage

 

KICKOFF MEETING MATERIALS


Three Futures 2040 Public Kickoff Meetings were held on November 5, 6 and 7 in Los Lunas, Bernalillo, and Albuquerque. Information from those meetings (both from the presentation boards and the PowerPoint presentation) are now available here:

- pdfFutures 2040 Public Kickoff Presentation

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