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Ideas on Transportation Sought

Journal Staff Report
    Public input is being sought to develop a long-range transportation plan for the Albuquerque metro area.
    The Mid-Region Council of Governments is developing the 2030 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which seeks to address the future needs of the area, traffic congestion, maintaining air quality and improving quality of life.
    It will also help guide decisions about which transportation projects to undertake in the short term.
    "The plan is to get all of the agencies in the region to be working on the same page," Lawrence Rael, MRCOG executive director, said in a news release.
    Population and employment in the metro area are projected to increase by 40 percent in the next 25 years, according to MRCOG. The agency's forecasts show a great deal of residential development on the outer edges of the city, while much of the employment growth will continue along Interstate 25 and I-40, closer to the urban core. This growth pattern is expected to boost commute times significantly.
    "There are many pieces to our transportation puzzle that weren't available even just a few years ago, like the Rail Runner, Rapid Ride and improved bicycle routes," said Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Mayor Larry Abraham, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Board. "The MTB decides on the region's transportation priorities."
    Public meetings to develop priorities will be held:
    At MRCOG offices, 809 Copper NW, from 10 a.m. to noon, today; and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday
    Workshops will also be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3900 Southern, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Los Lunas Municipal Center, 660 Main St.