The Mid-Region Council of Governments is offering opportunities for the UNM community to review the "Travel Demand Management Study" research and learn about upcoming activities from the project team. Two meetings, set for Wednesday Nov. 17, have been scheduled. The first will be held in the Fiesta Rooms at the UNM Student Union Building from 12 to 1 p.m. The second will be held in the Social Hall at United Methodist Church, 201 University, NE from 6 to 8 p.m.  The study shows that

  • Almost half the people living in neighborhoods near UNM/ CNM are either employed or attend school there

  • More than 75 percent of UNM employees and students that live within two miles of campus report their primary mode of transportation to campus is walking, biking or taking ABQRide (bus)

  • While many employees and students live close to the institutions, almost two-thirds live more than six-miles away

The purpose of the project is to define methods to reduce problems such as traffic congestion, parking issues, and to trim down travel costs and their related environmental impacts.

"It's important that we hear from students, employees, as well as neighborhood residents", said Isaac Benton, chair of the Rio Metro Board. "We're talking about an area that includes UNM, CNM and UNM Hospital that combined attracts nearly 75-thousand people a day.These meetings will help set direction for future activities of this study."

The public meetings allow review of the research findings and an opportunity to introduce the upcoming activities in the study. The public is encouraged to attend and share their comments with the project team.

"These findings will help us identify alternative modes that can better meet the transportation needs of people traveling to and from these institutions", says Dewey Cave, executive director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments. "This research is going to be critical as we explore ways we can make travel to and from the area more convenient, affordable and compatible with nearby neighborhoods."

This project is jointly funded by City of Albuquerque, UNM, CNM, Bernalillo County, and the MRCOG.  For more information, please contact the Mid-Region Council of Governments at 247-1750 or visit

For more information contact Augusta Meyers, Mid-Region Council of Governments, (505) 239-8612, or Jay Faught, Rio Metro Regional Transit District, (505) 414-5496,