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Transit for Our Future

In conjunction with plans for the revitalization of historic Route 66 and Innovation Central efforts, the City of Albuquerque is looking at providing bus rapid transit service along Central Avenue. This project, called Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), will enhance transit service along this important east-west corridor. ABQ RIDE began the evaluation process with a feasibility study to determine the operational and financial possibility of a bus rapid transit system. Recently, ABQ RIDE reached a milestone in the process by receiving permission from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for entry into Project Development. That is, it will now study the physical and environmental factors and impacts of instituting the ART system. Other efforts underway that are dedicated to improving transportation in the metro area include the City and other local partners like Rio Metro, the Mid-Region Council of Governments and local stakeholders identifying a potential second ART route that could link the Central Avenue area with a University Blvd corridor bus rapid transit system. ART could be an exciting part of Albuquerque’s future.

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The initial ART would be located along Central Avenue where many of Albuquerque’s most important destinations are located, including: Downtown, UNM, CNM, Presbyterian Hospital, Old Town, the BioPark, libraries and shopping and retail centers. The three bus routes currently on Central Avenue carry 42% of all ridership, while using only 26% of resources. Central Avenue is generally considered to have tremendous transit-oriented development opportunity for the city.

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Why is it called Albuquerque Rapid Transit?

Albuquerque Rapid Transit or ART combines many features of rail transit with the flexibility of buses. ART is the most cost-effective technology for the City of Albuquerque’s current population and future ridership estimates. Some key elements of ART include:

  • Dedicated road, lane or mixed traffic route
  • Frequent service
  • Prioritized signaling at intersections
  • Pre-boarding ticketing
  • Level boarding
  • Stops that are anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 mile or more apart

Albuquerque Rapid Transit will provide quick and efficient bus service with increased dependability and timeliness. By purchasing fare tickets at nearby kiosks, ART can reduce dwell time; how long the bus is standing still to pick up passengers which greatly improves service speed. This combined with advanced signal timing and a dedicated lane allows the ART to move more easily through city traffic. ART, while designed to look and operate like trains, is a considerably less costly alternative to light rail.

Who does it benefit?

The Community
Improving transit options is critical to Albuquerque’s future quality of life and economic development.
By helping customers get to your business through an expanded market area that allows more people to find your business.
By strengthening the school/work connection and allowing the use of transportation time as study/reading time by using Wi-Fi.
The Future
Increasing the strength of the “transit option” can alleviate some of the pressure on our river crossings and connect new housing to new businesses.

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Transit-Oriented Development Symposium for Albuquerque Rapid Transit

ART realizes the vision for a modern transportation system in Albuquerque that is necessary to connect our key economic drivers and transform our city. We need to quickly and efficiently move more residents across the city, reducing costs to households and adding measurable value to new and existing businesses.

The purpose of this workshop series is to:

  • Envision ways to accelerate the community benefits of the transit and development investments by discussing how Central looks, works and provides value for our residents and businesses.
  • Hear your ideas for future investment and development along the corridor and within the adjacent neighborhoods. What amenities can be added to reinforce or create great destinations for transit riders? How do we envision jobs coming to activity centers along the corridor?
  • Begin long-term relationships to bring about those benefits through further planning and implementation together.

Our discussion will focus on how our planned transit improvements can accelerate neighborhood benefits and economic opportunities. Every design process has had its challenges, as any major infrastructure project tends to have. Please join us to learn the opportunity for your property and your neighborhood along this segment of Central – and ask us questions on your mind.

Tuesday, August 18, and Wednesday, August 19
9:00 am – 12:30 pm (sessions on both days)
1:30-5:00 pm (sessions on both days)
The Alvarado Transportation Center 100 1st St. SW

This event hopes to be the start of a series of conversations over time in which multiple agencies and parts of city government will work with you to help identify what local government can do with you to leverage the economic opportunities that can come with a 21st century transit for your neighborhood and the city at large. You are an important part of the long-term success of this part of our city, and we urge you to join us.

I urge you to join us. And if you are able to attend, help us ensure we have enough space by RSVPing to Vanessa at or (505) 724-3100.

Mayor Richard J. Berry