Issue 102 | January 2020
The draft Connections 2040 MTP is available for public review. Join us at a public meeting to learn about the plan!
The initial draft of the Connections 2040 MTP , the region's long-range transportation plan, is now available for public review. Connections 2040 MTP includes population and employment projections while creating a framework for regional and local decision-making that will guide federal funding for roadways, bus systems, bike infrastructure, and pedestrian improvements over the next 20 years.

Because this plan will impact people from Cochiti to Belen, public feedback on the full draft is essential before the plan can be adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Board. The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization encourages all community members to join us at any of our three public meetings this month. Click the links for more details.

Wednesday, January 15, 6-7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 22, 6-7:30 PM

Thursday, January 30, 6-7:30 PM

Meetings will be in an open house format, with a short presentation given at 6:15 PM and again at 7 PM. Snacks and activities for children 6+ will be provided. If you require special accommodation(s) for a meeting, please contact Tara Cok at 505-724-3627 or [email protected] at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

MRMPO accepts comments on the plan at all times. Send your comments or questions to [email protected].
Want to learn more about the MTP planning process?
Check out our video about the plan!
Remembering CABQ Councilor Ken Sanchez
Albuquerque Councilor Ken Sanchez has been an unwavering champion of the central Westside and entire region. "It is with a heavy heart we learn of his passing," MPO administrator Dave Pennella notes. "Our organization is indebted to Councilor Sanchez's many years of service on the Metropolitan Transportation Board." Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

His obituary and tribute wall are available online.
Transportation News
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Transportation Stories from 2019
At 80, LA's Union Station tries to reinvent itself for a rail future
LA Times (5/21/19)
ABQ officials reveal new transit center at Central and Unser
KRQE (5/7/19)
Five companies are testing 55 self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
Venture Beat (4/26/19)
Westside leaders talk economic justice on Southwest View, highlight projects on Paseo del Norte, Unser, and at Double Eagle Airport
Commissioner Quezada and Councilor Peña talk with Councilor Sanchez and Councilor Borrego about current projects, infrastructure needs, and jobs-housing balance on the Westside.
Downtown makes the Walk Score Blog's list of walkable cities where you can live affordably, safety still a concern for many neighborhoods
Pedestrian safety varies across the Albuquerque metro area and the International District has one of the region's highest pedestrian fatality rates. Learn more from KUNM's report by Marisa Demarco.
How bikeshare became this decade's biggest transit success story
Curbed (12/16/19)
NMDOT plans to build new bridge across Rio Grande in Los Lunas
KRQE (11/1/19)
Kansas City to be first major U.S. city to get rid of bus fares
CBS News (12/18/19)
Update from Rio Metro
Six million dollar grant to benefit Valencia County bus service!
On November 25th, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that Rio Metro would be receiving a $6 million grant from the highly competitive Section 5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities program.
With this grant and an additional $1.5 million in matching funds, Rio Metro will design and construct a new transit facility in Los Lunas to support its Valencia County bus services. The project will include administration/operations and storage buildings; staff, visitor and bus parking areas; utilities; drainage; landscaping; fencing and gates; security cameras and access controls. Land commitments from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and funding support in the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program were also instrumental in the success of Rio Metro’s application. Design will begin in 2020 and construction is expected to commence in 2021. 
Update from Washington
An Accurate Census Count in 2020 is Essential
January Calendar

  • Friday, January 10 (1:30-3:00 PM): Transportation Coordinating Committee Meeting, MRCOG Board Room.
  • Wednesday, January 15 (6:00-7:30 PM): Connections 2040 MTP Public Meeting, Town of Bernalillo Council Chambers.
  • Friday, January 17 (10:00-11:30 AM): Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting, MRCOG Board Room.
  • Friday, January 17 (12:00 PM -1:30 PM): Rio Metro Board Meeting, MRCOG Board Room.
  • Monday, January 20: MRCOG Offices Closed
  • Wednesday, January 22 (6:00-7:30 PM): Connections 2040 MTP Public Meeting, Los Lunas Council Chambers.
  • Thursday, January 30 (6:00-7:30 PM): Connections 2040 MTP Public Meeting, Mesa Verde Community Center in Albuquerque.