Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Archive

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The Futures 2040 MTP 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 evaluates 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.

Plan Approval

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 (PDF) 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.

Futures 2040 Questionnaire Survey Results

Read the full report (PDF). See the Future 2040 survey results (PDF).

Futures 2040 Map GalleryInfographic

View interactive maps that highlight information from Futures 2040 MTP.

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2035 MTP

2035 MTP Cover PageThe 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan is the region’s previous long-range transportation plan.

Planning for transportation in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA) presents significant challenges for local policy makers. The 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) is a first step at addressing present day concerns before they develop into future year crises.

Between now and 2035, our region will experience significant growth, even with the recent slowdown in the pace of development. Analysts at the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) forecast that by 2035 the AMPA will grow by the equivalent of an additional Bernalillo County in population. As a result, the occasional congestion we see today will likely become much more frequent and severe. The increase in travel and congestion will contribute to lost productivity, diminished air quality, and decreased health and safety.

In order to tackle these issues the MTP has set forth goals to enhance quality of life, ensure the mobility of people and goods, and support economic activity and growth. Achieving these goals will require a balanced and diversified approach to solving the region’s transportation challenges.

The 2035 MTP addresses future growth in several new ways. For example, a comprehensive transit system, including Bus Rapid Transit, would connect areas of population to major activity centers. Albuquerque’s Rapid Ride and the New Mexico Rail Runner have shown that people will use transit if it is fast and convenient. The 2035 MTP also recommends improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian networks, preservation and optimization of the use of existing infrastructure, and presents a process for selecting the most beneficial projects for the region as a whole as well as monitoring progress made toward goals.

The MTP also addresses how the land use choices we make affect the transportation network. Communities with convenient access to transit facilities and commercial services can provide new residents the option of walking, biking, or using to transit for work and shopping trips. The Metropolitan Transportation Board (comprised of locally elected officials and our partners at the New Mexico Department of Transportation) have assigned targets to increase transit’s share of Albuquerque’s peak hour river crossings to 10 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2035. With these targets comes a pledge of 25 percent of the region’s Surface Transportation Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds from 2016 forward directed to transit projects.

2035 MTP


Plan Approval

The Metropolitan Transportation Board approved the 2035 MTP on April 15, 2011 (Resolution R'-11'-05 MTB). The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration approved the MTP and determined it is in conformity with Clean Air Act requirements on June 27, 2011.

In January 2010, MRMPO conducted an online survey of perceptions of the transportation system. With the cooperation of local media, the higher education community, New Mexico Rail Runner, and many others, over 3,600 responses to the survey were received. The results of the 2010 transportation survey (PDF) serve as a foundation for the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Public Participation: Read more about the 2035 MTP public meetings, presentations and surveys

2030 MTP

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