Transportation systems are increasingly required to respond to a variety of needs from addressing congestion to accommodating all modes and providing valuable public spaces. In response to these challenges, MRMPO has developed the Long Range Transportation System Guide (LRTS Guide) as part of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
The Long Range System maps provide the designated layers for different modes. Each map identifies current and future planned connections that will allow travel by different modes to major destinations. The maps communicate to a wide variety of stakeholders where proposed network connections are needed. This helps ensure that important network links are not overlooked as opportunities to improve the roadway arise.
Determining the character area is the first step of the LRTS process. It is important to have a clear idea of the future land use character surrounding the roadway and then balance transportation demand with the critical need for the roadway to support adjacent land use. This map provides a regional picture of the different character areas based on the intensity of land use. In practice, character areas are determined on a much smaller scale. Factors that determine character area include local plans, ordinances, community input as well as the intensity of land use such as population and job density and the mix of land uses.
The LRRS shows the regional role for existing and future roadways in the overall network. The categories for regional roles are based upon functional classification, but principle arterials are broken into two groups: regional and community. Principal arterials in the region vary widely in terms of character and purpose. These new categories allow for these differences to be recognized in conceptual designs and other efforts.
The conceptual transit system outlines future transit routes and expected types of service for the routes. Like the other system maps, the conceptual transit system helps to identify roadways that are planned to include transit so that current projects can preserve right-of-way or plan for other elements that may be needed in the future.
Several publications were used to develop the LRTS Guide, however, there are two publications that provide the basis for the processes and much of the content in the LRTS Guide.
This ITE recommended practice provides the overall framework for relating land use and transportation. The LRTS Guide expands and adapts material in this publication to apply to roadways in Central NM. This publication focuses on individual roadway segments and the surrounding land use.
Building upon Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares, this ITE recommended practice looks at roadway’s roles within a larger system. With adequate connectivity, the transportation system can provide layered networks that allow people to travel by different modes to important destinations, but not necessarily all on the same roadway.