In order to better understand the current conditions of the transportation system and identify the opportunities, needs, challenges, and issues to be addressed through the MTP, the El Paso MPO conducted a Needs Assessment that spanned the many modes, uses, and aspects of the transportation system. Topics covered in the Needs Assessment include:
- Active Transportation
- Ports of Entry
- Operations & Maintenance
- Interregional Passenger Travel
The sections below summarize findings from the Needs Assessment. To view the Needs Assessment Executive Summary, click here.
The roadway network is the backbone of the region's transportation system, as it services and supports the majority of daily travel. An efficient roadway system can provide better mobility, which leads to better accessibility to goods and services and improved quality of life. The graphics below show some of the current conditions of the MPO's roadway system as well as forecasts for conditions in 2045, the MTP horizon year. For the complete roadways assessment, click here.
Safety is a high-priority concern for any roadway system, and was one of the top priorities for Destino 2045 chosen by the public through the visioning workshops and online survey. An analysis of roadway safety over a 5-year period (2011-2015) revealed the recent trends in automobile crashes in the El Paso region as well as the roadway facilities with the highest crash rates that may call for an evaluation of necessary safety improvements. The graphics below show recent trends related to automobile crashes discovered through the Needs Assessment. For the complete safety assessment, click here.
Transit is important because it helps create an equitable transportation network by providing users with expanded options for how to travel throughout the region. Transit also creates crucial connections within the transportation network by linking to both the roadway system and to active transportation facilities. The transit portion of the Needs Assessment focused on current conditions of the existing transit service coverage and where additional investment would be most effective in addressing increased transit demand in the region. The graphics below summarize transit findings from the assessment. For the complete transit assessment, click here.
Active transportation provides travelers with alternative modes of transportation that do not involve single occupancy vehicles. It helps create healthier communities because active transportation modes such as bicycling and walking involve physical movement. The Needs Assessment reviewed active transportation through the potential desire to walk or bicycle using existing and planned facilities. This desired was based on the proximity of walking and cycling networks/facilities to population centers, schools, and other points of interest (e.g. restaurants, bars, grocery stores, employment centers, etc.). The assessment measured gaps in the active transportation network to understand where future investments should be focused. These gaps were defined by areas with high potential desire but with limited or no access to adequate facilities. The graphics below display some of the findings from the active transportation evaluation. For the complete active transportation assessment, click here.
The ability of freight to move efficiently and safely throughout the transportation network is vital to the region's economy. The transportation network moves goods as well as people, and the El Paso region is a focal point of freight movements between the US and Mexico. The freight portion of the Needs Assessment focused on the amount of delay along the locally-defined freight highway network, which is a combination of FHWA and TxDOT established freight networks in addition to other local roadways that experience large amounts of current and forecasted traffic. The graphics below reveal some of the trends discovered through the Needs Assessment. For the complete freight assessment, click here.
Ports of Entry
The El Paso region is one of the most significant border crossing zones in the US, and is the world's largest international border metroplex. The ports of entry in the El Paso region make a significant contribution to Texas' international trade value and provide many jobs to the region. It was therefore crucial for the Needs Assessment to evaluate the qualitative performance of ports at a multi-modal level, as well as intercity passenger transportation across the border, and the infrastructure condition and maintenance of the ports. The graphics below show findings from the Needs Assessment. For the complete assessment on ports of entry, click here.
Operations & Maintenance
The evaluation of operations and maintenance helps identify areas of need in the roadway network and displays how regional transit compares to federal standards. The graphics below show some of the results from the Operations & Maintenance portion of the Needs Assessment. For the complete operations and maintenance assessment, click here.
Interregional Passenger Travel
The scope of Destino 2045 is focused on travel on a regional scale. So, it is crucial to understand how the area's transportation system relates to the larger state and national transportation context. The El Paso region's primary connections to areas outside the region include the El Paso International Airport, the Amtrak Passenger Rail, and interregional charter bus services (e.g. Greyhound, Tornado Bus Co., El Paso-Los Angeles Limousine Express). The graphics below show findings from the interregional passenger travel portion of the Needs Assessment. For the complete interregional passenger travel assessment, click here.