Traffic Counts

MRCOG collects traffic counts at all major roads in Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, Sandoval and southern Santa Fe counties. The resulting traffic data is used to support various transportation planning activities, and to produce annual Traffic Flow Maps of the Albuquerque- and outlying rural areas.

Most traffic counts are performed using portable traffic monitoring devices with rubber tubes that stretch across the roadway (pneumonic tube counters). Devices are placed at a location for 48 hours. Counters are set out on Mondays or Tuesdays and picked up on Wednesdays or Thursdays. All major roads are counted once every three years. Growth factors applied in the intervening years and seasonal factors are applied based on the time the count was taken.  

Traffic Count Maps & Reports

There are three types of traffic flow data available online and three different general ways to access these data. The data available includes:

  • Average Daily Traffic (ADT): this is an annual daily average taking into account all seven days of the week
  • Average Weekday Traffic (AWDT): this is an annual average for Monday-Friday traffic
  • Observed traffic counts: this is the raw counts that have not had seasonal and growth factors applied to create an annual average. These counts include directional and peak hour information
  1. Nathan Masek

    Senior Transportation Planner

Traffic Counting Device
  1. Maps & Reports
  2. Historical Traffic Flow Maps
  3. TAQA
  4. Interactive Map

Traffic Flow Maps, VMT Trend, and Busiest Intersection Report

MRCOG’s earliest traffic flow map dates back to 1968. These maps show annual average weekday traffic (AWDT) in a pdf format. Additionally, annual Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) data for the AMPA dating back to 1970 are shown in tabular and graph formats. The top 25 busiest intersections are summarized for 2016. Below are links to the most current traffic flow maps, AMPA VMT trend, and the latest busiest intersection report.

Please contact Nathan Masek for questions regarding traffic volumes.

2019 Traffic Flow Map for Rural Bernalillo County (PDF)
2019 Traffic Flow Map for Greater Albuquerque Area (PDF)
2019 Traffic Flow Map for Rural Sandoval County (PDF)
2019 Traffic Flow Map for Torrance and Southern Santa Fe Counties (PDF)
2019 Traffic Flow Map for Valencia County (PDF) 
2019 AMPA Summary Statistics, mileage, VMT, and, VHT (PDF)
2019 Top 25 Busiest Intersections (PDF)
AMPA VMT Trend: Daily and Per Capita Information (PDF)
River Crossing Volumes, Historic to Current (PDF)

Turning Movements Counts

In light of the recent COVID-19 Stay At Home and related travel restrictions, the regional traffic managers within the AMPA have determined that current data-counting efforts in support of new project proposals would not be representative of actual traffic conditions. This situation is temporary, however, resumption of normal traffic patterns is uncertain at this time, therefore, during this interim timeframe the following turning movement count reports (conducted prior to the travel restrictions, and where geographically representative) may be used for initial analysis, to identify representative conditions of area traffic. It is important to note that ALL analysis MUST be coordinated directly with local agency guidance and consultation. Studies will be handled on a case-by-case basis upon agreement with reviewing agencies, and in the effort to identify representative conditions of area traffic, should include additional data sources for project analysis and impact mitigation efforts.

View Turning Movement Counts