April 2016 - Issue 57
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
5th Annual Multi-Modal Experience Event Taking Place in ABQ on April 22

Join the New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NMASLA) and the NM Complete Streets Leadership Team for the fifth annual Multi-Modal Experience. On Earth Day, April 22nd, this event returns to Albuquerque with education sessions and a multi-modal tour.

The morning will feature presentations on recent projects, policies and initiatives. In the afternoon, participants will take a tour by bike, train, bus and foot. The tour will end at Civic Plaza for an Earth Day celebration hosted by Civic Plaza Presents and DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative.  Continuing Education credits provided! Tour space is limited - bike rentals and t-shirts will be available on a first come, first served basis. Official speakers list and agenda will be posted soon.

Free Senior Wednesdays Extended Into April
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is excited to announce that our promotion inviting seniors age 62+ to ride free on Wednesdays has been extended into April. All Wednesday trains after 8 a.m. will be free for seniors through the end of the month, giving people from south of Albuquerque, including Los Lunas and Belen, more opportunities to take the train to Albuquerque or Santa Fe.

Now that spring is finally here, this is the perfect time to take the train and explore central New Mexico. Many museums are free to seniors on Wednesdays. There are also great dining and shopping opportunities within walking distance or a short transit ride of our stations.
MRCOG to Host Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan Training Workshop on May 5

A series of Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) workshops are being held around the state in April and May. A workshop will be held in Albuquerque at MRCOG from 8am-4pm on Thursday, May 5. 
The ICIP is a planning tool that establishes planning priorities for anticipated capital projects for a five year period. The ICIP is also used by State and Federal agencies to determine which projects to fund in communities throughout the State. Conducted by the Department of Finance & Administration/Local Government Division (DFA/LGD), the training workshops will assist communities in developing their Fiscal Year 2018-2022 ICIP.
Workshops will include presentations and hands-on training for the ICIP database. The workshops are open to all New Mexico local government entities, tribal governments, legislators, local elected officials, and others who would like a better understanding of the ICIP process.

For those who cannot attend a training in person, a webinar option will also be made available for the May 5th training.

More information about the workshops, as well as a registration form, can be found here .   
Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Revised Draft Comprehensive Plan to be Released and Public Meetings Held

A revised draft Albuquerque & Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan will be posted on the ABC to Z  project webpage by Friday, April 8. The revisions made will be discussed at two upcoming public meetings on April 14 at the following times and places:


Thursday, April 14:  Overview of Revision / General Discussion

    • 1:30 - 3 pm Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe Ave. NE
    • 6-7:30 pm Patrick J. Baca Library (Central/Unser) Library, 8081 Central Ave. NW
In addition, several focus group meetings on policies by topic will be held on Friday, April 15 at the following times and place (these are also open to the general public):


Friday, April 15:  Focus Groups on Policies by Topic - Alvarado Transit Center, 100 1st St. SW, 2nd Floor, Training Room


    • 8:30 - 10 am:  Land Use
    • 10:30 - 12 pm: Transportation
    • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: Plan Overview / General Discussion
    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm:  Heritage Conservation
    • 3:30-5 pm: Neighborhoods
2016 Planning Commissioners Workshop

If you are a planning commissioner, planner, clerk or elected official, you will not want to miss MRCOG's 2016 Commissioner Workshop on Friday, May 13! Refreshments will be served and questions will be answered. There is no charge for this workshop.
To RSVP, please email Maida Rubin, mrubin@mrcog-nm.gov

April Calendar

Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting

Friday, April 15 


MRCOG First Floor Conference Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting
Friday, April 15 (noon)
MRCOG Board Room
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinar: Shared and Separated Off-Street Paths
Wednesday, April 20 
MRCOG Board Room


This graphic shows existing BICI bike share stations in downtown Albuquerque and where a bicyclist can ride within five minutes (light blue) and 10 minutes (dark blue) of a station. This analysis, based on 2012 data , also found that within a 10 minute bike ride of a BICI station, there are about 31,849 people, 28,562 households, and 50,721 employees.

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