Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

The Region's Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) oversees the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, or MTP, which is the long-range transportation plan for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area (AMPA).

The current plan is the Futures 2040 MTP.

The MTP is updated every five years. MRMPO is now beginning work on the update to the MTP. The update will be called the Connections 2040 MTP

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Futures 2040 MTP

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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 pdfconformity approval 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 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (pdf)

 

 

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Plan Document

Content & Chapters

Appendices

Maps

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Other Information

2040 MTP Resolutions

MTP Monitoring Reports

The 2035 MTP included performance measures that allow progress toward meeting the plan's goals to be monitored. Findings from the first round of monitoring are included in the pdf2035 MTP Monitoring Report (2013). Findings from the second round of monitoring were reported in the 2040 MTP appendix. pdfMonitoring the Progress of the 2035 MTP.

Connections 2040 MTP

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The MTP update, Connections 2040, will be officially kicking off in October. There will be three public meetings around the region where the public can come learn about the MTP and what is in store with Connections 2040 as well as share their thoughts and concerns on transportation in the region.

Public Meetings

Below is information on the public meetings. Please join us!

In addition, there will be a kick-off meeting for agency staff at MRCOG on Friday, November 2nd, from 12-1pm in the MRCOG Board Room.

Between now and October, MRMPO staff will be attending community events to help get the word out about the MTP update, the upcoming public meetings, and the questionnaire. If there is a community event in your neck of the woods that you think would be a good place for MRMPO to distribute information, or if you would like MRMPO to present to your group, please contact Tara Cok at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take Our Questionnaire

MRMPO has developed a questionnaire as an additional way of gathering people's views on transportation. Please take a few moments to participate! Feedback will help guide the development of Connections 2040.

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Connections 2040 Key Dates

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Other Ways to Provide Feedback

In addition to the survey, if you have any thoughts or comments about transportation in our region, you can send that via email anytime to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ways to Stay Informed on the Connections 2040 MTP Update

MRMPO developed a public participation plan for the Connections 2040 MTP update. The plan shares how we intend to engage the public in the update process. pdfRead the Connections 2040 MTP Public Participation Plan

Contact: Dave Pennella (505-724-3621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 


Long Range Transportation System

The Long Range Transportation System refers to a series of maps that identify where future roadways, bikeways, and transit lines are planned so the region can better assess connectivity needs and ensure complete and efficient networks. The maps and supporting principles are described in detail in the Long Range Transportation System (LRTS) Guide, which replaces the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document. The LRTS Guide builds upon the right-of-way guidance from the FAABS document and incorporates national best practices for multimodal accommodations and supporting adjacent land uses. 

pdfLRTS Guide6.99 MB
pdfLong Range Roadway System Map
pdfLong Range Bicycle System Map

Considering Potential Growth through Scenario Planning

In an effort to develop a more robust analysis of potential growth in the region, MRMPO integrated scenario planning into Futures 2040. Scenario planning is a tool to evaluate the tradeoffs of different development patterns and measure the impacts of how we are growing or could potentially grow on our region's transportation network, land consumption, environmental quality, and economy.

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Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project

MRCOG was selected to participate in a study to consider how climate change analysis can be integrated into the long-range transportation and land use planning process. The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project assessed the costs and benefits of a series of growth scenarios to determine how best to manage congestion, reduce emissions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

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Public Outreach

The Futures 2040 MTP public outreach process spanned nearly two years and featured numerous public meetings, presentations, and open house events. MRMPO also conducted a questionnaire in which 1,371 participants provided feedback on transportation needs and concerns across the metropolitan area.

 

 


Considering Potential Growth through Scenario Planning

In an effort to develop a more robust analysis of potential growth in the region, MRMPO integrated scenario planning into Futures 2040. Scenario planning is a tool to evaluate the tradeoffs of different development patterns and measure the impacts of how we are growing or could potentially grow on our region's transportation network, land consumption, environmental quality, and economy.

What is Scenario Planning and Why do It?

Scenario planning considers:

    1. The different ways that land use and transportation growth might occur in the region
    2. Impacts of different growth scenarios on a variety of factors (environmental, economic, mobility, etc.)
    3. An assessment of which growth scenarios best meet regional needs

For example, one scenario could target job and housing growth around existing and future transit lines and measure the impact of that targeted development on vehicle trips and congestion across the region.

Why do we do scenario planning?

  • To develop a context for evaluating and understanding the costs and benefits of the different ways the region can grow
  • To integrate land use planning efforts into MRMPO's plans and programs, particularly the upcoming 2040 MTP

Scenario Planning Workshops

In June 2013, MRMPO, with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), organized a workshop to kick-off a regional scenario planning effort. The workshop included 71 participants from public agencies in the region involved in transportation, housing, water resources and public health. Another workshop took place in October 2013 with Health Professionals. During these workshops major regional challenges were identified and ranked. The results of these workshops are captured in the summary below. 

A final round of workshops were held in the summer of 2014 to assess scenarios and develop a preferred scenario and implementation strategies.

Workshop Materials

For more information about the FHWA scenario planning program and to see the materials developed and presented at the workshop, see links below.

View summer 2014 workshop materials.

Scenario Planning Updates

Scenario planning updates were given as part of the spring 2014 Futures 2040 MTP public meetings. At those meetings, draft conceptual scenarios were presented and comment forms to solicit feedback were made available. Those materials are available below:

 


Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project

MRCOG recently collaborated on an effort to integrate climate change analysis into the long-range transportation and land use planning process. The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project assessed the costs and benefits of a series of growth scenarios to determine how best to manage congestion, reduce emissions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The project coincided with the development of the Futures 2040 MTP and utilized transportation and land use scenarios to assess the region’s resiliency to the impacts of climate change. The project was a partnership between MRCOG, the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT Volpe Center, and federal land management areas including the Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Background

The Central New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project will assess the costs and benefits of a series of growth scenarios to determine how best to manage congestion, reduce emissions, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. It is important to note that these are the same scenarios that will be utilized for the 2040 MTP. The region was selected in part due to its arid climate that is vulnerable to droughts and wildfires and air quality concerns related to mobile-source emissions.

The project is a partnership between MRCOG, the Federal Highway Administration, and federal land management areas including the Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and will build upon the analysis conducted as part of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Futures 2040. The project also provides funding support for developing and analyzing potential alternative growth scenarios and incorporating environmental and natural resource variables into MRCOG’s modeling environment.

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Components

  • Climate Futures

The first step in the project was to build off of a recent Upper Rio Grande Basin Study completed by the Bureau of Reclamation to consider future climate conditions in the region. In particular, the project considered the ranges of potential changes in temperature and precipitation levels, and whether those changes will make the region more vulnerable to events such as droughts, wildfires, and flooding. See the climate futures report and presentation for more information on changing temperature and precipitation levels, as well as the reports on the effects of climate change on central New Mexico and the resiliency of the region to climate change impacts.

Through the study the MRCOG region serves as an example for other metropolitan areas by considering ways to improve air quality and mitigate the effects of climate change through greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction strategies as part of the long-range transportation plan development process. Transportation results in almost 30 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. and there are significant opportunities to improve conditions locally by reducing vehicle miles traveled through various strategies or encouraging less energy-intensive forms of transportation. Two reports were developed during the course of the project on potential GHG emissions reduction strategies and the quantitative benefits from applying certain emissions-reduction strategies locally. Analysis on change in CO₂ emissions was also conducted as part of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, where per capita mobile source emissions are projected to decrease, though total emissions are expected to increase.

The study considered the impacts of climate change on New Mexico with particular emphasis placed on both the supply and potential demand for water resources over the coming decades. Water resource levels may vary greatly depending on changing precipitation and temperature levels throughout the Rio Grande Basin (for more information see the Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper Rio Grande Basin Study. What is more, the level of growth that is projected for the four-county region (about 500,000 new residents by 2040) may increase the strain on water supplies. Analysis was performed on how consumption patterns may vary depending on the forms that development takes within the region. Additional adaptation considerations included the extent of future development in locations at risk to flooding and wildfire.

Summer 2014 Workshops

As a part of the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project and development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Futures 2040) two workshops were held during summer 2014.

Workshop #1

Workshop #1 took place on July 10 with a group of nearly 60 local agency staff and technical experts discuss, debate, and evaluate three preliminary growth scenarios that have been developed as part of our MTP outreach. The workshop also included presentations on the range of potential climate futures, climate change resiliency and adaptation measures to allow us to prepare for future climate change impacts. Below are some presentations from the July 10 meeting:

Considerable feedback was generated regarding the perceived disadvantages and benefits of the scenarios, as well as on the assessment of scenarios after their modeled performance was discussed, and on any "tweaks" that should be made to the scenarios. Initial preference from the participants for the "Emerging Lifestyles Scenario" was made clear although certain elements from the "Balancing Jobs and Housing" scenario were desired. For a quick summary of the evaluation of the performance measures and participants reactions to the three scenarios see the following documents: 

Workshop #2

During Workshop #2, held on August 27, MRCOG staff presented Trend and Preferred Scenarios and solicited input from participants to finalize any changes and to begin developing strategies to work toward the Preferred Scenario. The Preferred Scenario is now used to inform the transportation project list that is included in the MTP, and beyond that, serves as a guide for our region's future development. Next steps for this process are provided here:

Timeline and Outcomes

The Climate Change Scenario Planning Project was conducted alongside the Futures 2040 MTP and was completed in winter 2014/2015.

Final Reports

The Climate Change Scenario Planning Project was conducted alongside the Futures 2040 MTP and was completed in winter 2014/2015.

pdfIntegrating Climate Change in Transportation and Land Use Scenario Planning: An Example from Central New Mexico (US DOT Volpe Center) – Review of the planning process and recommendations for further incorporating climate change analysis into regional transportation and land use planning

pdfCentral New Mexico Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Final Report (EMI/UNM) – Summary of findings and recommendations from the climate change project

2040 MTP (MRCOG) – Many of the findings and analyses conducted through the CCSP have been incorporated into the 2040 MTP. The same scenario planning process that led to the MTP Trend and Preferred Scenarios was utilized for examining the region’s resiliency to climate change impacts.

This document, prepared by the US DOT Volpe Center specifically for the MRCOG region, outlines a series of programs and initiatives that could be taken to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions make the region more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The Integration Plan explores potential implementation strategies for the following policy focus areas: Transportation Climate Change Adaptation Assessment; Mitigating GHG Emissions from Electricity Generation; Incentivizing Transit-Oriented Activity Centers; Regional Support for Travel Demand Management; and Open Space Preservation Programs and Policies.

pdfMRCOG Integration Plan

Climate Change Scenario Planning Project Resources

Background Materials

Impacts of Climate Change

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) Archive

2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

The 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.

2035_MTP_Full_Document_CoverBetween 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 (in  PDF)

Document

Maps

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1 Introduction to the MTP

Chapter 2 Transportation Challenges

Chapter 3 Responding to Challenges

Chapter 4 Financial Analysis

Chapter 5 Monitoring Progress

Chapter 6 Future Directions

Appendix A Compact Land Use Scenario
Appendix B BRT Scenario
Appendix C Roadway Analysis and Methodology
Appendix D Bicycle and Pedestrian Methodology
Appendix E Safety Key Findings
Appendix F 2035 MTP Projects List by Agency and Timeframe
Appendix G Summary of Financial Resources
Appendix H List of Abbreviations
Appendix I Federally Required Planning Factors
Appendix J Supplemental Information

COMPLETE FINAL MTP (large fille: 22 MB)

MTP SUMMARY VERSION

Supplemental Information:
Resolution Approving 2035 MTP
Air Quality Conformity

1.1 AMPA Map
1.2 Land Status
1.3 Wildlife
2.1 Housing Growth, 2000-2008
2.2 Employment Density, 2008
2.3 Land Area, 2008-2035
2.4 Employment Growth, 2008-2035
2.5 Population Density, 2035
2.6 Employment Density, 2035
2.7 PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity, 2008
2.8 PM Peak Hour, 2035 No Build
2.9 Annual Average Daily Truck Traffic, 2035
2.10 Crashes, 2004-2008
2.11 Fatal and Injury Crashes, 2004-2008
3.1 Existing Transit and Intermodal Facilities in the AMPA, 2010
3.2 Priority Transit Improvement Evaluation Corridors in the AMPA
3.3 Pedestrian Composite Index
3.4 Roadway Network Expansion Projects Included in the 2035 MTP
3.5 2035 PM Peak Hour Build Scenario
3.6 PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity, 2035 No Build
3.7 Truck Restrictions
3.8 Primary Freight Corridors
3.9 ITS Corridors
3.10 Limited Access Corridors
3.11 HOV Potential Corridors
3.12 Environmental Justice Populations in the AMPA, 2008
3.13 Environmental Justice Index and Roadway Network

B-1 Potential 2035 BRT Network Scenario Possible Solely Using Federal Funds
C-1 Current Roadway Functional Classification Map
C-2 2015 Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity
C-3 2015 No-Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity
C-4 2025 Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity
C-5 2025 No-Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity
C-6 2035 Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity
C-7 2035 No-Build PM Peak Hour Volume to Capacity

D-1 Existing Bicycle Facilities
D-2 Long Range Bikeway System

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 serve as a foundation for the 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

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

2030 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Note: all Files are in pdf PDF format

2030 MTP Planning Maps

 

 


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