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.

Traffic Counting Device
Traffic Counting Device

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:

  1. Average Weekday Traffic (AWDT): this is an annual average for Monday-Friday traffic
  2. Average Daily Traffic (ADT): this is an annual daily average taking into account all seven days of the week
  3. 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


Transportation Analysis and Querying Application (TAQA)

Traffic counts data along with travel time is available for download from the Transportation Analysis and Querying Application (TAQA). A TAQA User’s Guide is available to help guide people thorough the data selection and download process. In addition, Data Development Summary Descriptions is also available to help the data users understand how these data are collected and processed.

Data available on TAQA includes:

Access TAQA >


traffic counts mapInteractive Map

MRCOG also provides an interactive online traffic flow map that allows you to zoom in and see traffic counts for roadways that may be hard to see on a traditional map.

Data available includes:

Access Interactive Map >


Traffic Flow Maps 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. Below are links to the most current traffic flow maps and the latest busiest intersection report.

All maps are in PDF format and are LARGE files.

pdf2016 Top 25 Busiest Intersections

Historical Traffic Flow Maps

All maps are in PDF format and are LARGE files.

If you experience any difficulties viewing any of the PDF files below, please right-click the link and select "save link as" to save the file onto your computer.

Historical Top 25 Busiest Intersections in the Region

For the five-year period from 2010 to 2014, the following intersections have ranked the top 15 busiest intersections.

Busiest Intersections, 2010-2014

busiest intersections chart

Top 25 Busiest Intersections by Year (In pdfPDF)

If you experience any difficulties viewing any of the PDF files below, please right-click the link and select "save link as" to save the file onto your computer.

xlsx2010-2014 Busiest Intersections


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Additional statistical information is available upon request, including: 

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