"After many public meetings and presentations to businesses and residents, I believe the ART team has made every effort to address the needs of the entire community while balancing the safety and transportation needs of a growing city."
Ben Spencer, CEO, Titan Development
"Can’t wait! Really excited about this project and am looking forward to a stop at 15th St. I think it would really benefit the new business along there.”
Miriam Ortiz y Pino
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It is an article of faith with me that there is no such thing as a bad mass transit project… Central Avenue, as a road, is not in great shape. It will need to be completely torn up and replaced in the very near future... Why not get some added value for the disruption - a transit system - if you’re going to have a massive disruption anyway? The project is not so much for today but for the future, for economic development, for making Albuquerque a more attractive destination.
I have worked at Presbyterian on Central and the ART is so perfectly aligned with this huge medical center with over 3000 employees, which will provide the opportunity to get to and from work, go out to lunch and with buses running on time every 7 minutes even do some errands and or shopping on our lunch break or before and after our shifts. ART will inhance our transportation options and improve our quality of life!
I LOVE this idea! A perfect fit for Albuquerque! I am extremely impressed that it will be Gold rated. Don't settle for anything less!!
I have been a business owner for years and am fully aware of the challenges of construction near your entrance. I also understand however that millions of dollars worth of construction means many more potential customers with many more dollars potentially entering your shopping environment. Currently, I am a daily Central Ave. commuter. From 98th to 4th I dodge buses. I truly cannot wait for a comprehensive system to entice me to leave my car, thus having more disposable income to shop.
While many people … are raising a fuss about this system, the younger generation like myself is too busy to push back. But I would like to tell you, almost EVERYONE my age is excited for this new system. While we can¹t make it to city hall meetings, or call the news station, or take the time to raise a hubbub about it, WE SUPPORT AND THANK YOU.
Moving to ABQ in a couple months. Can't wait for this to open!
My family, friends and business associates all support this forward thinking brilliant project which will help wean us and generations to come from our gas guzzling autos. [We] baby boomers are living longer and we need a transit system that is safe, efficient and reliable when we are no longer able to drive… We are cheering you all on!
My family, friends and business associates have been voicing our support for this very forward thinking project! We see this project as a huge jolt of positive energy into the main vein of our city which has been deteriorating for many decades. Not only will this project offer our citizens a reliable, viable, safe and efficient alternative to driving, it is also environmentally friendly and will help boost business and tourism alike. Our city will get a brand new wardrobe so to speak!
I'm selfishly rooting for ART. Employment opportunities for my wife and I opened up out of state during the housing bust, and we were unable to sell our home and were forced to become landlords. The studies I've read indicate that a project such as this has the real potential to drive private investment into areas within a 1/2 mile of the stations. The status quo is not going to benefit the city economically, so I'm happy to see city leaders attempting to pull ABQ into the 21st century.
We specifically chose our Downtown neighborhood for its bikeability and walkability. We would LOVE to access other neighborhoods more easily without relying on cars (Nob Hill, Uptown, etc.), and clean, convenient, consistent public transportation helps bolster that.
We STRONGLY support the ART Project!!
If we want to make a good impression on visitors and residents who are less frequent bus riders, we need to invest in improvements to the service along Central. The ART project provides the money for this, with most coming from the federal government. We would be foolish to let this enormous opportunity slip away.
I am a supporter of the ART project! I have personally witnessed how mass-transit (bus, Light rail, trams) can invigorate a city. Having been a professional planner I understand that some citizens are opposed to any change that may cause some temporary impacts. I would urge these citizens to get on board and to consider the positive effects that these well-studied and thoughtful improvements can have not just for Central Ave. but for all of Albuquerque.
More transportation lanes and freeways don't always equal less congestion, and reduced lanes don't always cause more traffic back up. As a UNM student I wanted to put my voice of support behind this project and give courage to those who do support it but feel they will be silenced. You have to start somewhere to improve public transportation conditions. I hope that ART makes it safer for UNM students to get up towards other parts of central and help create a more unified community.
I think this is one of the most exciting ventures and largest investments in economic and community development this city has made. After the ART is developed it will bring more investment, more tourism, and ultimately more GRT into Albuquerque. I love this city and I can't wait to see it grow in such a positive direction. Go ART!
Having lived domestically and abroad in cities with robust public transport systems, I can testify to the benefits of having dedicated rapid transport. I live near Central Ave and would take advantage of this option rather than driving (and trying to park) to places like Nob Hill and EDO. In fact, I would likely visit those places more often. As would visitors to our city. Given the amount of federal funding available to make ART a reality, this should be a no-brainer.
Adding the opportunity for people to save money (in conjunction with/or aside from operating a single passenger vehicle) will put more money in the average Albuquerque native's back pocket. It's essential to install this metro infrastructure to entice new money into the area (in competition with regional cities with similar systems) and improve the cultural impact that blossoms from alleviating residents of being "car poor". Tourists aren't infatuated with a city full of car dealerships, folks.
I was mostly opposed to the BRT in the beginning and tried to recruit people to oppose it. But now I believe the city has done its best to work out the best possible design for our community…The ART has many supporters in Nob Hill and I believe the current design will be a good change for our community and for Central Ave as a whole.
Our city needs this and I support this. Citizens and tourists alike will benefit.
I hope Albuquerque community residents will be encouraged to explore and discover their diverse and vibrant city with the implement of the ART. Some see the price of construction and build time as an unrecoverable period for local business owners as was the case with the Lead/Coal construction. With proper attitude and support the community can collaborate to create efficient, progressive, and meaningful development to Metro Albuquerque and the developing Southwest corridor of our country.
I love the idea. This will DRIVE Albuquerque into the future.
Glad to see some progress being made and a certain focus on the need for effective and efficient rapid transit in ABQ. Hopefully one day we can see dedicated BRT lines like these throughout the city (Lord knows we have enough medians that could function as ART platforms), but it's very smart to start along Central.
As a lifetime resident of Albuquerque I am so excited at the opportunity the BRT/ART system is bringing to Albuquerque Business Community. The next 20 years in ABQ is going to be so exciting.
Both Nob Hill and Old Town, which anchor the east and west end of our “Innovation Corridor”, are experiencing growth also. We strongly believe ART is the next step to keep our exciting yet somewhat fragile success growing.
Our business offices are located on the proposed corridor and we believe it would have a positive impact in all areas in which ART will occur.
ART is timely and it is right – not just for transportation, but for economic development that supports our citizens and their health care needs.
ART will be good for Albuquerque, for the region, and for our business.
I applaud the City of Albuquerque in their collaboration with citizens and other local government officials in efforts to revitalize this critical stretch of road that has significant historical and economic ties to the community and to our nation.
I’ve witnessed with bus rapid transit system in Quito, Ecuador, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, BRT-generated transit-oriented development has the ability to create place where people want to live, work and play. This can only benefit the citizens and business of New Mexico’s largest city.
The continued expansion of public transit option through ART provides citizens and visitors better access to work, school, healthcare, shopping, and amenities, and the mobility to help the Albuquerque area realize a future of economic sustainability.
There is no segment of the population that ART won’t benefit.
Albuquerque’s transit dependent citizens will have a more reliable transportation to work, school, and healthcare.
Having a robust transportation system is at the core of any successful pedestrian friendly neighborhood. As a business owner in Nob Hill I cannot be more excited for the possibilities the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit system will bring to our lovely urban neighborhood. Having an expedited transit system along Central Avenue will make this corridor more desirable for people to live, work, and play.
Thank you for the great information on this site. I am on the Board of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association and recently presented this information to the Board, as the head of public transit committee within our DNA Association. The Downtown Neighborhoods, (DNA) is excited an supportive of the project, and particularly wish to thank the design team for including our request to have service in this historic and city center core neighborhood with the station at 15th and Central. Thank you!
I appreciate that the system will connect with……Old Town. It is a popular spot for visitors and also richly inhabited so it is good that you are including us in your plans.
"As someone involved in the business and development business in Albuquerque for more than a few decades, I very much have an interest in expanding opportunities for reasonable growth. And everything I know about current development trends suggests adding reliable, convenient transit to a corridor like Central Avenue will do exactly that."
Jim Folkman, Executive Director, Foundation for Building