MRCOG obtains and analyzes crash data to assist member agencies and the public with understanding crash information and transportation planning issues confronting the AMPA region. This task results in a number of processes and products on safety issues, the analysis for different studies and Metropolitan Transportation Plan implementation, and the development of projects for the Transportation Improvement Program.
Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan
MRMPO is currently working on a Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan (RTSAP) that analyzes crash data from 2011 to 2015. This plan focuses on fatalities and injuries, and includes crash statistics for walking, biking, motor vehicle, and motorcycle travel. This safety plan is more extensive than previous crash reports, and includes expanded data analysis as well as specific action items to help the region improve our roadway safety.
This is a comprehensive plan with the goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways. Through data-driven analysis, agencies and public input, targeted field visits, and national best practice research, the RTSAP identifies key safety emphasis areas and action items to target safety improvements from policy to enforcement to design for all roadway users – especially vulnerable groups such as seniors, women, and children, and neighborhoods that are experiencing a greater impact on their livelihoods.
We have to balance a fast commute with safer roadways, and prioritize safety for all modes over speed. Sometimes taking a minute longer to get to your destination can save a life.
This plan recommends a new approach to roadway safety that includes a vision to eliminate traffic fatalities and decrease serious injuries. In addition to a vision to reach zero fatalities, year by year goals have also been established in this plan. Vision Zero is an approach that includes a variety of strategies and that rebukes the idea that there is an inevitable amount of death and injury within our public roadways. Rather, traffic collisions are not “accidents,” which implies an incident was unavoidable, but should be referred to as traffic crashes—preventable incidents. Several municipalities in the United States and around the world are working to shift this mindset and framework under a movement called Vision Zero. No loss of life is tolerable. The RTSAP emphasis areas closely mirror Vision Zero focus areas and include reducing excessive speed and dangerous driving, designing streets for all modes of travel, ensuring strong policy and funding mechanisms, implementing meaningful behavior change campaigns, expanding data collection and traffic management, and providing targeted traffic enforcement.
The High Fatal and Injury Network (HFIN)
By reviewing and analyzing the crash data, working with local agencies, and observing selected intersections and corridors, MRMPO was able to identify recurring patterns in specific locations to target problem areas and responsibly invest limited funding. For example, the High Fatal and Injury network (HFIN) includes all fatal and injury crashes – it focuses on the most dangerous streets and intersections. See the interactive map below. Specifically, those corridors and intersections that are over 1 or 2 times the mean for each respective geography. This information is not meant to comment on what has not been done, but rather be a guide for future decision making so that we can make the greatest impact. Another analysis done through this planning effort looked at roadways that may be candidates for potential Road Diets which is also provided in an interactive map below.
This targeted approach (The HFIN) is particularly important since 64% of the total fatalities and injuries occur on only 7% of the Major Roads (Collectors and Arterials) network.
Take a look at these interactive maps developed through the RTSAP planning effort:
We are now in a final public review phase. Please submit your comments to Caeri Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 20th, 2018. Staff is also available to present to your organization or group.
New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque have been identified as a Focus State / Focus City by the Federal Highway Administration because of high pedestrian and bicycle fatalities.
The latest crash data that is available is from 2016, and was recently received from the UNM Geospatial Population Studies department who contracts with the New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau to geo-locate crash data for our region.
Current Crash & Safety Report
MRMPO has completed the Regional Traffic Safety Report for the years 2009-2013. This updated report is provided in a new format as a 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 Planning Area. Some highlight include intersection crash rates, pedestrian crash density, alcohol/drug involvement crash statistics, and age and gender breakdowns.