Civil Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2023


This project will explore the impacts of several traffic safety countermeasures and roadway design changes on pedestrian safety along the Central Avenue corridor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The motivation behind this research is the communities concern for the increase in pedestrian fatalities in the US and specifically New Mexico. The research will have a specific focus on pedestrian safety, but we will also address traffic safety outcomes for motor vehicle users and bicyclists. The City of Albuquerque has taken note of the traffic safety issues on Central Avenue and has implemented or is in the process of implementing several countermeasures to improve outcomes. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) system on Central Avenue will be the specific countermeasure observed throughout the research. At the end of this study, we predict four questions to be answered: Is Central Avenue getting safer; is this countermeasure effective; how do land use and street design work together to influence safety outcomes; and has this countermeasure diverted traffic and collisions elsewhere. In order to complete this research, crash data from NMDOT will be used to perform before/after crash analyses for the ART corridor. Once these questions are answered we hope to apply the findings along to the Central corridor to similar corridors across the state.


BRT, Pedestrian, Safety, Albuquerque, New Mexico Transit

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Degree Name

Civil Engineering

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Department Name

Civil Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Nicholas N. Ferenchak

Second Committee Member

Lisa Losada-Rojas

Third Committee Member

Aaron Sussman