Public feedback wanted on 25-year metro transportation plan

Tired of the traffic on your commute or the road conditions in the metro? The people responsible for putting together the transportation wishlist for the Albuquerque area want to hear from you.

The 25-year plan will include road repaving and interchange fixes.

“I would definitely like to see the improvement of the roads; less potholes,” said Albuquerque resident Tyra Thornton.

The Mid-Region Council of Governments, or MRCOG, is working on the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan that would improve transportation across the metro area.

“It’s really a reflection of what we leaders and stakeholders have gotten together and said these are our priorities for the next 25 years when it comes down to transportation in the region,” said Kendra Montanari, MRCOG socioeconomic program manager.

The purpose of the plan is to optimize mobility whether it’s by car, bike, bus or walking throughout parts of Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties. 

“It is a priority particularly for New Mexicans,” Montanari said. “We know that we lead the nation in pedestrian fatalities and so the plan is really a chance for us to kind of get in there and see what are some of the things that can make the region safer.”

Another issue on their radar is reliving congestion during rush hour. 

“The idea is to get ahead of that, try to figure out what the problems are going to be,” she said. “And how to prioritize federal dollars so we can best spend it to address those problems.”

They say the public’s feedback will be a big contributing factor to the plan.

“I would like to see more bike lanes,” said Alric Garcia. 

“Expanding the bus systems out further to accommodate the people that are in other areas that can’t get into town,” said Albuquerque resident David Grayson.

“I would definitely love to see more access across the river. I think that’s a big thing for morning commute is always an issue,” said Andrea Jonson. 

“I’d like to see both I-25 and I-40 completely re-paved in the next 25 years for sure,” Thornton said. 

Officials say the city is expected to grow by 200,000 people in the next 25 years, and they want a plan in place. One of the biggest priorities is a new I-25/Montgomery interchange. Construction should start on that in the next few years.

MRCOG will hold a series of public meetings to hear the community’s feedback. They also have a survey online
 

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