The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) recently updated the region’s long-range transportation plan, the Futures 2040 MTP.
The Futures 2040 MTP is the update to the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and includes 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 MTP includes several important new elements: scenario planning, which will include climate change consideration and analysis, and a Long Range Transportation System Guide that will provide guidance on right-of-way widths, roadway access and multimodal and context-sensitive design.
On April 17, the Metropolitan Transportation Board approved the Futures 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area. The plan received a “conformity determination” from Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board to certify that the costs of the projects contained within the plan do not exceed future revenues and that the region will meet necessary air quality standards on May 26, 2015. With this conformity approval determination, the plan has become the official long-range transportation plan for the region.
Agencies and the general public may now refer to the contents of the Futures 2040 MTP for planning purposes. Plan approval means the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document is now replaced by the Long Range Transportation Systems Guide.
Content & Chapters
Front Matter and Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Futures 2040 MTP
2. Demographics, Scenario Planning, and the Future of the Region
3. Regional Challenges, Needs, and Strategies13.36 MB
4. Plan Analysis and Evaluation
5. Plan Implementation
Appendix A — 2040 MTP Project List
Appendix B — Notes on Regional Projects of Special Interest
Appendix C — Scenario planning Modeling Methodology
Appendix D — Safety Analysis Methodology
Appendix E — REMI Transight Technical Document
Appendix F — GHG Emissions Reduction Strategies - Volpe Center
Appendix G — Potential Impacts of GHG Emissions Strategies - UNM
Appendix H — LRTS Guide6.99 MB
Appendix I — 2040 MTP Public Meetings and Presentations
Appendix J — MTP Questionnaire Summary Results
Appendix K — MTB Resolution - Revised Transit Mode Share Goals
Appendix L — Federal and State Funding Projections
Appendix M — Projected Local Funding
Appendix N — Maintenance and Operations Expenditures
Appendix O — Monitoring Report
Appendix P — Acronyms
The Long Range Transportation System refers to a series of maps that identify where future roadways, bikeways, and transit lines are planned so the region can better assess connectivity needs and ensure complete and efficient networks. The maps and supporting principles are described in detail in the Long Range Transportation System (LRTS) Guide, which replaces the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document. The LRTS Guide builds upon the right-of-way guidance from the FAABS document and incorporates national best practices for multimodal accommodations and supporting adjacent land uses.
In an effort to develop a more robust analysis of potential growth in the region, MRMPO integrated 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.
MRCOG was 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 assessed 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.
The Futures 2040 MTP public outreach process spanned nearly two years and featured numerous public meetings, presentations, and open house events. MRMPO also conducted a questionnaire in which 1,371 participants provided feedback on transportation needs and concerns across the metropolitan area.
MTB APPROVES FUTURES 2040
The Metropolitan Transportation Board (MTB) approved the Futures 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area.
Ways to stay informed on Futures 2040:
Sign-up for the MRMPO e-newsletter, Travel Times, to receive information on MTP-related news.
Join the conversation on our Facebook page (2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan).
See the Futures 2040 survey results. (Infographic)