First of Six Meetings Planned by ABQ RIDE Begins Tuesday Night, May 7, 2013
Starting May 7, 2013, the Transit Department, ABQ RIDE, will continue to explore Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service along Central Avenue through a second round of public input meetings.
Cities throughout the United States are implementing BRT service as a key means of enhancing their respective transportation networks and as a component of urban corridor redevelopment plans a BRT system provides more timely service than a regular bus line through the use of dedicated lanes, at least for a significant portion of the route, and strategically-located stations that are not just stops.
“We hope to see you at one of these meetings, because we value your input into Albuquerque’s transit future,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Because Central Avenue commands almost half of Transit’s ridership, ABQ RIDE is trying to find the best way to provide more timely service on Central.”
During the first round of public meetings in November and December, 2012, citizens heard about and gave feedback on what constitutes Bus Rapid Transit. Some of its hallmarks are:
In this second round of public meetings, Transit will present two basic alternatives for how Bus Rapid Transit could be constructed on Central Avenue within the existing curb lines and discuss the balance between transit and the other functions of the street. Transit is seeking public input on such things as:
The six public input meetings are scheduled as follows:
“Your questions and ideas will help determine if Bus Rapid Transit is a suitable system for Central Avenue,” said Bruce Rizzieri, ABQ RIDE Director. “We believe a more timely bus service like BRT will increase the people-carrying capacity of Central Avenue.”