April 2017 - Issue 69
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
BICI Bike Share Pop Up Meetings

Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) has been working hard to bring you an expanded BICI bike share. While we don't have a definite timeline on the expansion, we'd still love your feedback! Please consider joining us to chat about the program at a pop-up meeting:
Can't join us in person? Please send station suggestions here or here.
Public Comment Open for Proposed FFY 2018-2023 TIP and Proposed Amendment to the FFY 2016-2021 TIP

The Draft FFY 2018-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is now is open for public comment. All comments should be received on or before close of business May 4, 2017. There will be opportunity for public comment at the Transportation Coordinating Committee (TCC) meeting to be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the Mid-Region Council of Governments Board Room. Additionally, there will be further opportunity for public comment at the Metropolitan Transportation Board (MTB) meeting to be held Friday April 21, 2017 at 10:00 am and on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Mid-Region Council of Governments Board Room. After approval of the new TIP and the TIP Amendment by the MTB, the amendment is incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) proposal. The FFY 2018-2023 TIP development process was undertaken in accordance with federal regulations and the TIP Policies and Procedures adopted by the MTB. Please note the following:
TAP & RTP Funds: Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects utilizing TAP-Large Urban funds have been programmed through FFY 2021. This assumes that TAP funding will be available in FFY 2021 (the current transportation bill, FAST, expires in FFY 2020). Projects utilizing TAP-Small Urban, TAP-Rural, and TAP-Flex funding along with Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding will be added to the TIP in a future TIP amendment if awarded funding by NMDOT's statewide selection committee.
STP-U Funds: STP-U (Large Urban) funds are only being partially programmed in FFY 2022 and 2023 per concurrence of the MTB at the March 2017 meeting. Complete programming will be undertaken in conjunction with the next TIP or earlier if practical. This is to allow NMDOT to develop application processes for CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation Air Quality) funds and HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Program) funds. Since several proposed projects meet the eligibility requirements for those funding types there is a possibility that some of these projects may be fully or partially funded with CMAQ or HSIP funds. This information is necessary to effectively program the TIP integrating those funds sources with STP-U. This requires a temporary waiver of the 25% set-aside until STP-U is completely programmed at a later time, and a temporary waiver of the requirement to program these two "Informational Years" as stated in the current TIP Policies and Procedures.
5th Annual Multi-Modal Event on April 14th in Albuquerque

Registration is now open for the upcoming 5th annual Multi-Modal Event on Friday, April 14th from 9am-4pm at MRCOG. The event includes presentations on local, multi-modal related topics in the morning and a multi-modal tour in the afternoon after lunch. The event is free for NMASLA or NMAPA members and $20 for non-members. Registration includes lunch and bike rental. Continuing education credits are available. Register at nmasla.org

In conjunction with the event, a multi-modal project of the year will be awarded. Nominations are due April 7th. The  nomination form can be downloaded here. For additional information, contact Tara Cok at tcok@mrcog-nm.gov. 

The Road to Census 2020 Workshop
MRCOG and UNM's Bureau of Business and Economic Research are teaming up with the U.S. Census Bureau to bring to you "THE ROAD TO 2020",  a workshop designed to get your community ready for the 2020 Census. Every 10 years the Census Bureau conducts a complete census count for the purpose of apportioning the seats in U.S. House of Representatives. However, over 1,000 federal programs use census data to allocate money to tribal, state, and local governments. Census data also support grant applications and helps communities plan for future needs. Come find out what you need to know to make sure your community is counted! The workshop will be held at MRCOG on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. 

Register by clicking on the registration link contained in the attached flyer.
Zia Road Station Opens April 24th
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be adding the Zia Road Station to its current weekday and Saturday/Sunday schedules with the new service to begin on Monday, April 24. While there will be minor adjustments in timing to the weekday schedule, the Saturday/Sunday schedules will reflect the additional stops at the Zia Road Station.

Crowdsource Map to Gather Info on Walking and Biking Conditions

The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) is creating a regional action safety plan to identify major safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians. MRMPO launched a crowdsource map where people can provide feedback about safety impediments for bicyclists and pedestrians. This is an opportunity to share barriers like a pole that is in your way on a sidewalk, crashes that happened while walking or bicycling, and facilities that you love. You can also share common bicycling and walking routes that you may take. And lastly, this is an opportunity to share where you think there should be a BICI bike share station. 

Senior Exchange to Cochiti Pueblo

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express hosted another successful senior exchange event in late February, with members of Albuquerque's Barelas Senior Center taking the train to visit their peers in Cochiti Pueblo. Fourteen participants took the Rail Runner north for a busy day of tours, lunch, and other activities.
Reminder - People for Bikes Community Survey Closing Soon

People for Bikes recently launched a community survey  that will run from February 14th  through April 15th with the aim of creating a ranking of best cities for biking and cities that have improved the most for release in fall 2017. The survey is asking for input from the general public and also from City employees and elected officials about bike riding in their community, and whether or not the survey-takers bicycle does not matter. If you'd like to provide input on local bicycling conditions, click here to take the survey . The survey is pretty short and sweet and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
April Calendar

TPTG/TCC Meeting
Tuesday, April 4th, 1:30pm
MRCOG Board Room
BICI Bike Share Pop Up Meetings Wed., April 5th, 11am-1pm at Edo/Grove Station; Fri., April 7th, 3-5pm at Country Club Plaza/5 Star Burgers/Draft Station; Sat., April 22nd, 8-11am at MRCOG/Robinson Park Various places
5th Annual Multi-Modal Event Friday, April 14th, 9am-4pm MRCOG Board Room
Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting
Friday, April 21st, 10am
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting Friday, April 21st, 12pm MRCOG Board Room
Graphic of the Month

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

The majority of commuters in Albuquerque are driving to work alone (80%). The chart above shows the correlation between poverty and mode choice. Each dot represents a census block group within the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area. There is positive correlation between an area's share of households living below the poverty line and the share of commuters in that area using public transit, walking or biking as their means of transportation to get to work. Conversely, there is a negative correlation between an area's share of households below the poverty line and the share of commuters driving to work alone. More poverty in an area is associated with more commuters using transit, walking or biking and fewer commuters driving to work alone. This information is only available for workers and their work commutes. It is likely the correlation between poverty and use of alternative modes would be more pronounced if the data included the unemployed.
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