Future transportation plan in the works

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – As transportation experts try to figure out what the Albuquerque area needs over the next 25 years, they wanted to know what people thought were the biggest problems facing drivers these days.

The most popular answer they got wasn’t about the roads. Most people surveyed said the biggest problem with driving is actually other drivers.

“There’s a lot of distracted driving in Albuquerque,” Bryce Hagness said.

“People tend to be pretty inconsiderate and rude,” Jane Bernstein said.

So, what’s it going be like driving here in the future?

The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking ahead to 2040, coming up with a long-range plan to make sure transportation keeps up with the growing and changing population.

However, in answering a survey question on issues with driving, nearly 70 percent said the biggest problem is bad drivers.

“The usual -texting on the phone, eating, putting on makeup, the cutter-inners,” Bernstein said. “Just people not paying attention, really.”

“There are a lot of people not using turn signals. People making illegal turns. It’s not safe a lot of times,” Hagness said.

More than 1,300 people filled out a questionnaire and the experts say while they can’t do anything about bad drivers, the information is useful.

“What we’re looking for is a snapshot of the level of satisfaction that people have with driving,” said Augusta Meyers, with the Mid-Region Council of Governments.

One driver surveyed wrote, “We should require a high school diploma to receive a driver’s license.”

Second to bad drivers came traffic congestion. Coming in third was poor road conditions like potholes.

There are public meetings throughout the metro area for the rest of the month to discuss the 2040 transportation plan. Officials estimate the population here will grow by 50 percent in the next 25 years.

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