Project Prioritization Process

The Project Prioritization Process (PPP) is an objective, quantitative-based method for evaluating and comparing projects proposed for inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is the short-range mechanism that programs funding, particularly federal funding, for transportation projects and programs. Funds available through the TIP are limited and the process for receiving those funds is competitive. The Project Prioritization Process clarifies the selection process by providing objective scores for each proposed project and highlighting the projects that best meet regional goals.

There are evaluation criteria in the PPP ranging from air quality to roadway conditions and safety. These evaluation criteria are tied to the goals and objectives of the long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan to ensure a consistent approach to regional planning efforts. Similarly, the PPP takes a comprehensive planning approach to understand the impact of a project for a range of transportation users, not just single-occupancy vehicles.


The Project Prioritization Guidebook found below outlines the purpose and components of the PPP. By providing an explanation of the elements included in the PPP, the reasons for their selection, and how the components and criteria fit together in a comprehensive process. The document explains how regional needs are met and how member agencies and project developers can craft projects which address those regional needs.

It should be made clear that the PPP is an important tool in project selection, but is not the only determining factor. Other qualitative considerations, such as the benefit of the project to the local community and the project's cost and time frame for completion, are also important factors. Ultimately, the PPP helps guide the development of the TIP and lead to allocation of federal dollars in the most productive and meaningful method possible.

The PPP heavily references data and products developed through the Congestion Management Process. Read more information on the Congestion Management Process.

Transportation Boundaries

The guidebook addresses Large Urban, Small Urban and Rural areas. If the scoring criteria is different for Small Urban or Rural areas, the guidebook will explain how projects will be evaluated differently. Different scoring approaches are largely due to lack of similar data sources or needing to use a slightly different data range.

Small Urban and Rural Area projects are located within the AMPA but outside of the Albuquerque UZA. This includes projects in the Los Lunas Urbanized Area that are eligible for STP-Small Urban funds, as well as projects eligible for STP-Rural or other funds that may be applied outside of the urbanized areas.


The Project Prioritization Guidebook was recently updated (September 2018) to include Futures 2040 Goals and Objectives and address federal transportation performance measures particularly for safety and project delivery. Minor changes may occur to this document.


View Transportation Planning Boundaries Map (PDF).

Project Prioritization Process Guidebook

Project Prioritization Process Guidebook, 2018 (PDF)

Project Prioritization Process Guidebook