Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
Regional Traffic Safety Report

MRMPO has recently completed and published the Regional Traffic Safety Report updated  through the years 2009-2013. This updated report is provided in a new format as an online story map which will allow people reading the report to zoom into any one of a series of maps and click on locations of interest to see underlying information.  This report provides an overall view of crashes in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planni ng Area. 
Some highlights include the following:
  • The number of crashes per capita have been decreasing nationally and in New Mexico. However, in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning area there has been more variability with an increase from 2012 to 2013 of eight percent.
  • The most common top contributing factor to all crashes is driver inattention with 28 percent of all crashes between 2009-2013 being mainly attributed to driver inattention. The category of driver inattention includes cell phone use.
  • The most common top contributing factor to fatal crashes is alcohol/drug involvement with 47 percent of all fatal crashes being mainly attributed to alcohol/drug involvement.
  • The intersection with the highest rate of all types of crashes and the highest rate of more severe crashes involving a fatality or injury is Paseo del Norte & Coors Blvd.
  • Men tend to be involved in crashes more frequently than women, and this difference becomes more pronounced with fatal crashes.
  • Fatal crashes involving teens, which has traditionally been very high, had a significant decrease of 23 percent from 2012 to 2013.
The Regional Traffic Safety Report also includes strategies to improve pedestrian safety and prioritize safety improvements. 
MRMPO Providing Pedestrian and Bicycle Webinars

MRMPO hosted  w ebinars about a variety of topics related to pedestrian and bicycle transportation from July 2010 to December 2015. With funding through Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change , MRMPO is once again hosting these webinars. The webinars occur on the third Wednesday of the month (except December), and everyone is welcome to attend viewings of these at MRCOG for free. If you would like to receive e-mail notices about the webinars please contact Sarah Ijadi at sijadi@mrcog-nm.gov .

The 2016 series includes the following topics:
  • Planning for Facility Maintenance and Management Costs (February)
  • Understanding the Funding Process (March)
  • Shared and Separated Off-street Paths (April)
  • Aspects of Equity (May)
  • Economic Impacts of Street Design Decisions (June)
  • Performance Measures to Evaluate New and Established Practices (July)
  • Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts (August)
  • Pedestrians and Cyclists in a Suburban Context (September)
  • Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists (October)
  • Transitions between Bikeway Facilities (November)
  • Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis (December)
If you would like to see the webinars from your own desktop you can sign up here.
MRMPO Staff Members  Awarded Best Paper at Transportation Research Board Conference in January 

The Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change and Energy presented Chowdhury "Siddiq" Siddiqui and former MRMPO staff member Aaron Sussman  the Award for the Best Paper in the category of climate change. The paper,"Integrating Climate Change into Scenario Planning: Can Mitigation Measures also Make a Region More Resilient,"  was chosen among many entries. The 2016 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference was attended by over 14,000 transportation professionals from around the world.  
Chowdhury "Siddiq" Siddiqui (left) and Aaron Sussman (center) receiving the 2016 TRB Award for Best Paper in the category of climate change. Also pictured is Dr. Robert Noland of Rutgers University. 

Income Inequality in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area

recent Brookings analysis delves into the subject of economic inequality in cities and metropolitan areas. The overall message is that across the U.S. declining incomes have contributed to growing income inequality. A quick look at the supporting data shows that this is particularly true in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.
 
The authors of the paper look at the difference between incomes in the top of the distribution (households earning over 95 percent of all other households) and those near the bottom of the distribution (households earning more than 20 percent of all other households). They measure the gap between the two using what they call the "95/20 ratio". They perform this analysis for the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and their largest cities using the latest 2014 American Community Survey data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
 
The Albuquerque metropolitan area was one of just 18 metros that had inequality ratios that exceeded the national average. Albuquerque metro's household incomes in the 95 th percentile were at $178,666, while those in the 20 th percentile were at $19,007, resulting in an inequality ratio of 9.4. The ratio for the United States as a whole was 9.3. The Albuquerque metro area demonstrated low household incomes in the 20 th percentile when compared with the other metros, ranking 13 th lowest out of the 100 metros. However, similar to its peers, household incomes in the 20 th percentile declined over time (18 percent since 2007) while household incomes in the 95 th percentile increased nominally.  
 
While the recovery from the Great Recession officially began just over six years ago, this analysis provides evidence that nationally and locally the poorest households continue to lose ground despite signs of an improving economy. 
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is Offering Two Special Promotions This February

Seniors Ride Free This February!
Seniors Ages 62+ Can Ride the Rail Runner for Free on Wednesdays in February

Seniors are invited to explore Central New Mexico by rail for free this February. Every Wednesday of the month, seniors age 62+ can ride any New Mexico Rail Runner Express train after 9 a.m. at no cost. This special promotion will give residents and visitors the opportunity to explore locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque using public transportation.
 
Destination: Santa Fe
Special Train Fares and Discounts at Participating Santa Fe Restaurants this February

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is offering special train fares and collaborating with Santa Fe restaurants to offer our riders dining discounts during the month of February. On every Friday and Saturday of the month, passengers can ride select trains for only $1. The train times work perfectly for those who are looking for a unique travel and dining experience in Santa Fe, or who just want to spend some time in the City Different. Take a friend, take a date, or go as a group! This is a great way to enjoy an evening on the town without breaking the bank.
 
Learn more about both promotions at nmrailrunner.com
February Calendar

WHAT
WHEN
WHERE
Transportation Coordinating Committee Meeting
Friday, February 5 (1:30-3pm) MRCOG Board Room
Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting

Friday, February 19 

(10-11:30am)

MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting

Friday, February 19 (noon)

MRCOG Board Room

GRAPHIC OF THE MONTH

Welcome to the Travel Times newest feature, the Graphic of the Month corner! We at MRMPO realize that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and so we're committing to exploring new and innovative ways to showcase information each month. The reader (that's you) benefits from getting a break from plain text, and the staff (that's us) benefit from delving into new visualization tricks and techniques. Be sure to let us know what you think!

The largest number of cross-county commuting flows in the region occurred between Sandoval County and Bernalillo County. There were 27,461 workers who lived in Sandoval County but were employed in Bernalillo County, which was 2.6 times the number of workers (10,486) who lived in Bernalillo County but were employed in Sandoval County. A copy of the full analysis can be found  here .
 
Click here to view a full-size version of the map.
 
Check out even more commuting data for the region here
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