Long Range Transportation System Guide
MRMPO has developed the Long Range Transportation System Guide (LRTS Guide) to respond to the growing need for transportation networks to become more efficient at addressing congestion, providing multi‐modal options for all users, supporting economic development, and improving public health.
The Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document was first developed in 1965. It was used to guide the growth of the regional transportation network prior to the federal creation of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in 1975. Currently several member governments reference the FAABS documents in their development review processes for regional guidance on right-of-way dedication, roadway access, and long range systems planning and design.
The FAABS was last updated in 2004. View the 2004 FAABS.
On July 15, 2011, the Metropolitan Transportation Board passed a resolution (R-11-09MTB -- FAABS) directing MRCOG staff to collaborate with member governments to update the FAABS.
This update is now complete and is called the Long Range Transportation System Guide (LRTS Guide).
The updated FAABS document (The LRTS Guide) incorporates Complete Streets principles and provides a rationale for making decisions on right-of-way sized for roadways based on current and future land use, proximity to activity centers, modal connectivity and the accommodation of all modes of transportation.
The document provides guidance on roadway design based on adjacent land use and the accommodation of all people using the street -- pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motor vehicle drivers -- as well as people of all ages and abilities.
Mid-Region Council of Governments Documents that Inform the LRTS Guide
Member Government Planning Documents that Inform the LRTS Guide
Comprehensive plans are traditionally referred to as "rank one" plans and lower ranking plans must be compatible with higher ranking plans. The general purpose of development process manuals is to carry out goals of the comprehensive plan. The LRTS Guide has been made consistent with member governments' comprehensive plans and provides guidance on the design of transportation related infrastructure for governments' development process manuals.
- City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Comprehensive Plan (This plan is given in four sections among a list of plans)
- City of Albuquerque Development Process Manual
- City of Rio Rancho Comprehensive Plan
- City of Rio Rancho Development Process Manual
- Village of Los Lunas Comprehensive Plan (PDF)
- Village of Los Lunas Development Process Manual (PDF)
Documents from Other Areas that Inform the LRTS Guide
- Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach developed by Institute of Transportation Engineers.
- Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures (PDF) developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Model Design Manual for Living Streets developed by Los Angeles County
- Smart Transportation Guidebook: Planning and Designing Highways and Streets that Support Sustainable and Livable Communities (PDF) developed by Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Transportation.