Congestion Management Process

Congestion Management Process (CMP)

The Congestion Management Process is a federally mandated process that helps planners identify congested travel corridors and recommends strategies to increase transportation efficiency and provide additional options for the travelling public.

Data is gathered on a network of corridors in the Albuquerque Metro Planning Area. This data helps identify the sources and types of congestion experienced, as well as the locations which experience the greatest travel delays in the region. Benefits of this program may include improved travel times for commuters, improved incident management, enhanced public safety and security, reduced traveler delays, improved traveler information, and in general, a more efficient transportation system.

Data from this program can be found in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).  

Project Prioritization Process

The Project Prioritization Process is an evaluation tool that is applied to transportation projects proposed for inclusion in the TIP. The Project Prioritization Process contains a series of quantitative evaluation criteria which are designed to measure the extent to which an individual project addresses the transportation needs of the region. This technical assessment provides baseline information upon which sound transportation planning decisions can be made. The Guidebook provides a detailed summary of the process and an explanation of the evaluation criteria and project scoring methodology.

Project Prioritization Process Guidebook

Transportation Analysis Querying Application (TAQA)

TAQA makes a range of transportation data easily accessible to member agencies and the general public. The goal is to help make informed decisions regarding transportation infrastructure and to assist in the project development process. To learn more about the tool, click here. To access the tool directly, go to:

Note: The TAQA tool has been updated to include travel time data from 2011-2014 and traffic counts data through June 2015.

Volume-to-Capacity Data

Volume-to-capacity (V/C) ratios are a common tool in transportation planning to identify the demand on a roadway link (i.e. the traffic volume) relative to the supply of roadway space (i.e. capacity). MRCOG applied peak hour volumes to capacity values based on the roadway functional classification. This data is presented in maps available for download. To query and access V/C data, see the “Observed Traffic Counts” tab in the TAQA tool.

Excel file:

Maps (4):

2014 Corridor Rankings: Findings and Methodology

Thepdf 2014 Corridor Rankings: Findings and Methodology is the companion document to the 2014 CMP Corridor Rankings Table. The document describes the approach used to create the 2014 corridor rankings. Important changes in methodology and data inputs used to create the corridor rankings are explained in detail. Noteworthy changes in ranking since the 2012 corridor rankings are analyzed in the discussion section of the document.


2012 Corridor Profiles

pdfA Profile in Congestion: The 30 Most Congested Corridors in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (8.29 MB) contains one-page profiles of each corridor, highlighting the most congested segments. The report serves as a companion document for the 2012 Congestion Management Process (CMP) Corridor Rankings. 

Important Documents 

Other Studies and Reports

pdfRegional Accessibility Benefits Associated with Implementation of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit on Central Ave. (MRCOG White Paper, December 2015)
pdfAn Examination of VMT Growth and Changing Traffic Patterns Across Bernalillo County and Rio Rancho (September 2015)
pdfCommuting Behavior in the Albuquerque Metro Area, 2006-2013 (September 2015)
pdfFindings from Alameda Boulevard Adaptive Traffic Signal Study (December 2013)
pdfHigh Capacity Transit Study Travel Time Survey (April 2013)
pdfPark and Ride Users Survey (July 2012)

Roadway Access Policies

Certain roadways within the metropolitan planning area are designated as limited access facilities. These policies identify permitted access locations, types of access that may be allowed, and the procedures used to modify access on the roadways. Read more...

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