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Issue: 43
February 2015
MRMPO and MRCOG Transportation News

Public Comment Period for the Draft Futures 2040 MTP Wraps Up; Revisions for Final Public Review Draft Underway 
The comment period for the draft Futures 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) closed on the last day of January. Staff is now working on revising the draft plan including considering and incorporating all comments where possible. A final draft plan will be released in the first week of March and will be the public's last chance to provide comment on the 2040 MTP. 

Three public meetings were held in January in conjunction with the draft plan release. Meetings were held in Rio Rancho, Belen, and Albuquerque. MRMPO thanks all of those who participated in the draft plan process, either by submitting comments, attending meetings, or both.

The draft Futures 2040 MTP can be downloaded here and additional information on the plan can be found there as well.
Transportation News

Valencia County Service Improvement Plan
Learn About and Discuss Potential Bus Routes

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District is evaluating options to improve transit services in Valencia County. The Valencia County Service Improvement Plan includes potential bus routes that serve key roads, businesses and popular destinations. Your feedback is important to Rio Metro. The agency will be hosting two public open house events on Tuesday, February 10th at the Los Lunas Transportation Center to discuss the plan. These informal events will take place from 6-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by anytime during one or both of these informal open house sessions to learn about the potential service improvements.


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City of Albuquerque Comprehensive Plan Update and New Development Ordinance

The City of Albuquerque is embarking on a Comprehensive Plan Update and establishing a new Development Ordinance. This ambitious project involves updating existing land development policies and regulations, particularly those related land use and transportation. This effort is tied to updating the Comprehensive Plan in an effort to encourage development that creates high-quality, mixed-use destinations while protecting and enhancing rural areas, established neighborhoods, and other special places. 


There are two upcoming opportunities to participate in the project. The city will be hosting a public meeting and open house introducing the project on the following dates and times:


Public Meeting - Wednesday, February 4th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Albuquerque Convention Center Ballroom A, 401 2nd St NW


Public Open House - Thursday, February 5th, 12:00pm-12:50pm

Plaza del Sol Basement Hearing Room, 600 2nd St NW

City of Albuquerque Complete Streets and Master Bikeways & Trails Facility Plan

The City of Albuquerque City Council unanimously passed a Complete Streets Ordinance on January 21. Since 1981 plans adopted by City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County have steadily increased attention paid to multi-modal use and the accommodation of all roadway users.


The City's Complete Streets Ordinance follows several other neighborhood stand-alone Complete Streets projects the City has been working on: Girard Blvd, Central Ave, South Yale, and San Pedro Mile-Hi.


In addition to this ordinance, the City of Albuquerque is finalizing the Master Bikeways and Trails Facility Plan. This plan will be discussed at the Land Use, Planning and Zoning (LUPZ) Committee on February 11, 2015 on the 9th floor of City Hall.

NM Complete Streets Day and Complete Streets Event Taking Place on February 11
The New Mexico Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects is hosting a New Mexico Complete Streets Day event on Wednesday, February 11 from 9am to 4:30pm. The event is being combined with the organization's annual multi-modal event that includes presentations and mulitmodal tours. This year the event will include Complete Streets policy discussion.  

The event is open to all. For more information, and to register (the deadline is Feb. 4), click here.
PDN/I-25 Interchange Open for Business

After more than a year of construction, the new Paseo del Norte/I-25 Interchange project has been open for over a month as of January 16th. The $93 million project was completed on time and within budget and was built to address three needs: congestion relief, safety enhancements, and air quality. The interchange was aesthetically designed to mimic the Sandia Mountains at sunset.


Pictured above is the bicycle and pedestrian trail that provides a multimodal link across the interchange.

Development Corner

Welcome to the Development Corner!
The Development Corner is a new Travel Times segment that will keep you up to date on the region's major land use news and events. Transportation does not exist in a bubble; it is heavily impacted by land use decisions and zoning regulations. For this reason, MRMPO provides input on development cases in order to better coordinate transportation and land use planning in the region. We'll include some highlights from the goings-on in the four county area here.


Bernalillo County


Unified Development Ordinance-The City of Albuquerque's Comprehensive Plan update and new Development Ordinance public meetings and open houses are scheduled for February 4th and 5th. 

The purpose of the project is to (1) update
existing adopted land development policies and regulations, particularly those related to coordinating land use with transportation systems and encouraging mixed-use development, and (2) consolidate multiple land use and transportation documents into a new, user-friendly Unified Development Ordinance.

SantolinaSantolina is a proposed community on approximately 13,700 acres of undeveloped land in the southwest portion of Bernalillo County, south of I-40 and west of incorporated Albuquerque.  


The Board of County Commissioners recently recommended approval with conditions for Santolina's Level A Master Plan and Planned Communities Zoning.  Five appeals have been filed, and these appeals will be heard on March 26, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers, Level 2, One Civic Plaza NW. 


For more information, visit:

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Sandoval County


Area plan updates - Rio Rancho Governing Body members have directed city staff to revise specific area plans around the city, consolidating them where it makes sense. Rio Rancho has about 15 area plans as well as numerous unplanned areas.  Developmental Services Director Dolores Wood estimated updating all area plans, including providing public notice and receiving approval by elected officials, would take at least two years. She believes other projects, including updates and consolidation of area plans for the Broadmoor Boulevard and Unser Boulevard vicinities, need to be done first.


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February Calendar

Transportation Coordinating Committee
Feb. 6,
MRCOG Board Room
Valencia County Service Improvement Plan Public Open House
Feb. 10, 
6am-8:30am and 

Los Lunas Transportation Center
Metropolitan Transportation
Board (MTB) Meeting

Feb. 20, 
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting

Feb. 20, noonMRCOG Board Room

MRMPO Staff Contact Information


Aaron Sussman, Senior Planner                       


Andrew Gingerich, GIS Analyst 


Barbara Thomas, Program Support Coordinator 


Caeri Thomas, Transportation Planner and GIS Coordinator                               


Chowdhury Siddiqui, Travel Demand Modeler/Land Use Modeler                          


Dave Pennella, Transportation Program Manager 


James Foty, Transportation Intern  


Julie Luna, Transportation Planner                                          


Kendra Watkins, Socioeconomic Program Manager     


Maida Rubin, Research Analyst


Nathan Masek, Transportation Planner                         


Shohreh Day, GIS/Systems Analyst                                   


Steven Montiel, Transportation Planner                        


Tara Cok, Transportation Planner                                   


Thaddeus Lucero, Director of Planning