October 2017 - Issue 75
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
Transit Services Coming Soon to Valencia County, Pueblo of Isleta

Rio Metro, in partnership with the Pueblo of Isleta, is pleased to announce two new transit services beginning Monday, December 4th, 2017. Bus Route 208 will provide morning/midday connections between Valencia County communities, the Pueblo of Isleta, and the Alvarado Transportation Center during times that the Rail Runner does not operate. Dial-a-ride service will also be available to the Pueblo of Isleta. For more information, click here.
MRMPO Video in the Works

In an effort to enhance its public outreach and education efforts, the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization has been working on the production of a series of short videos exploring the workings and various programs of the organization. The videos will delve into topics such as future growth and transportation challenges and strategies that can be used to tackle those issues .

The video production team is currently working on video scripts, collecting video footage, planning potential footage sites, drawing animations, and reviewing ideas for future video productions. This project has been a great experience for staff even if it has been a little more challenging than previously anticipated. Luckily MRMPO staff is always up for a good challenge in the creativity department.

MRMPO will host the videos on the MRCOG website, the MRCOG YouTube Channel, and potentially on the City of Albuquerque's GOV TV channel. More information on this project will be available in upcoming newsletters and on the MRCOG website. For now, the anticipated release of the following videos--'Welcome to the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization' and 'The Long-Range Plan: Implementing the Preferred Scenario'--will be in early to mid 2018.  Stay tuned...and connected!
ABQ CiQlovía Returns this October

The 4th Annual ABQ CiQlovía Returns on October 22nd! Our streets are our largest public space. Let's re-imagine them without cars and as places for people to safely walk, bike, and play!
What: ABQ CIQLOVíA (pronunciation: "see-clo-vee-a") is the Albuquerque version of the global phenomenon known as ciclovía or open streets. The word refers to events where city streets are closed to cars and opened up to people on foot and on bike, outdoor exercise classes, public art, dancing, shopping, demonstration projects, live music and other activities. It's an opportunity for juniors, seniors and inbetweeners to safely reimagine our largest public space - streets!

Where: The 2017 event will take place on Southern Ave SE from Alcazar Street to Charleston Street. Participants will have multimodal access to the event; arrive on foot, bicycle, public transportation, or private vehicle.

Who: This FREE event is designed to encourage residents from all neighborhoods and visitors to enjoy our beautiful city and unique International District neighborhoods. It's a great opportunity to see the city from a new perspective and meet or bump into your friends and neighbors. Bring your family and friends! A Sunday of Fun in the streets!
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Santa Fe, NM | October 25-27

Albuquerque, NM | November 16

Try the Train for Only $1 - October 28th-29th

Have you always wanted to try the train and just kept putting it off? Now is the perfect time to do it! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is offering the final $1 Weekend of the year on October 28th-29th. Take the train and explore Central New Mexico with options for great dining and shopping all within walking distance or a short transit ride from our stations. All fares are only one dollar all day Saturday or Sunday!
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Balloon Fiesta and Rail Pass Now Available

This year, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express would like to help you "Inflate Your Imagination" at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Take the train and avoid the traffic and parking issues by purchasing the special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, available for both weekends of the Fiesta. Each pass includes an All-Zone, All Day pass on the Rail Runner, a shuttle from the Los Ranchos / Journal Center Station to the event and back, and admission to a morning or afternoon Balloon Fiesta session of your choice.
Rio Metro's Freedom Pass Program Wins Award

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the Mid-Region Council of Governments were recently presented with an award for Rio Metro's Freedom Pass program by the New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services (NMDVS) during their annual Transportation Summit. "Partnership and collaboration is our way of life in DVS, and our partnership with the MRCOG is a shining example of what can be done when we put our heads together," said NMDVS Deputy Secretary Alan Martinez. "This has helped veterans not only get to their VA appointments, but to anywhere else these services cover, greatly enhancing the quality of life for our most treasured citizens."
The Graphic of the Month: 
Comparing where Workers of Major Employment Areas Live

The maps above show concentrations of where workers who commute to the outlined areas live. The maps include any worker who worked within the outlined area in 2015. The Journal Center area employed 22,242 people in 2015. The UNM/CNM/Hospitals area employed 32,152 people, and the downtown area employed 22,214 people. Note that the Journal Center employees are more evenly dispersed throughout the region while the UNM/CNM and Downtown employees are concentrated in smaller areas.

Higher quality versions of the graphics can be viewed here:

Source: U.S. Census LEHD Origin-Destination Employment Statistic, 2015
National Walk to School Day

Artwork on button by a student from Monte Vista Elementary in Albuquerque, one of the participating schools in the region. 
Did you know that today, October 4th, is National Walk to School Day?! New Mexico has 57 schools participating in today's event, about six of which are in our Central New Mexico region. Great job to all the local school champions who made that happen! If you  are interested in learning more about this event,  click here

On a related topic, check out this  new data on childhood overweight and obesity rates across the nation .   
October Meetings Calendar

TCC Meeting
Friday, October 6th, 1:30-3pm
MRCOG Board Room
Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting
Friday, October 20th, 10am
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting Friday, October 20th, 12pm MRCOG Board Room
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