Project Prioritization Process

As in most metropolitan areas, the need for transportation investment in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA) exceeds the funds available. Therefore, policy leaders must carefully choose which projects move forward, prioritizing those that are likely to have the greatest impact on the overall transportation system. As such, transportation project proposals submitted for funding through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are vetted through a competitive and transparent process. The Project Prioritization Process (PPP) is one important tool used by MRMPO to assist with project selection. The PPP is an objective and quantitative method for evaluating project proposals with an intent to elevate transportation projects that best meet the regional goals set forth in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).

Some of the considerations included in the PPP are as follows:

  • Is the project designed to relieve congestion on one of our most congested corridors?
  • Does the project improve connections between our regional activity centers?
  • Does the project address a known gap in the transportation network?
  • Does the project improve a bridge that is in need of repair?
  • Is the project located on the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) network?
  • Is the project designed to increase safety on the High Fatality and Injury Network (HFIN)?
  • Does the project provide access for households living in poverty and communities of color?

The evaluation criteria used in the PPP are tied to the goals and objectives of the long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan to ensure a consistent approach to regional planning efforts. In addition, the PPP takes a comprehensive planning approach to accommodate a range of transportation users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists. 

Project Prioritization Guidebook

The Project Prioritization Guidebook Project Prioritization Process Guidebook Opens in new window provides an explanation of the elements included in the PPP, the reasons for their selection, and how the components and criteria fit together in a comprehensive process. The document explains how regional needs are met and how member agencies and project developers can craft projects which address those regional needs.

While the PPP is an important tool in project selection, it is not the only determining factor. Other qualitative considerations, such as the benefit of the project to the local community and the project's cost and time frame for completion, are also important factors. 

The Project Prioritization Guidebook was last updated in September, 2018 to adhere to the Futures 2040 MTP.  It is currently in the process of being updated to reflect the most recent MTP, Connections 2040. This update will be completed before the call for TIP projects goes out in fall of 2022. 

The PPP heavily references data and products developed through the Congestion Management Process. Read more about the Congestion Management Process.

Transportation Boundaries

The Project Prioritization Guidebook addresses Large Urban, Small Urban and Rural areas. There are some differences between the scoring criteria for Small Urban and Rural areas and the guidebook provides further details on this. Small Urban and Rural Area projects are located within the AMPA but outside of the Albuquerque Urbanized Area. This includes projects in the Los Lunas Urbanized Area that are eligible for STP-Small Urban funds, as well as projects eligible for STP-Rural or other funds that may be applied outside of the urbanized areas.