The 16/18 route
is one of my biggest pet peeves with ABQ Ride. Although it serves several densely populated neighborhoods in the center of the city, the route is long and bizarrely winding, taking passengers in great big loops to reach places that shouldn't take so long to get to. This - plus the fact that it only runs every 45 minutes on the weekday - make it something I have always wanted to see replaced.
Well, after batting about a few ideas in my head, I came up with a little approach which would not only replace the 16/18, but do a couple of other things as well...
So there's five separate routes on this map. I'll explain them one by one:
- The dark blue line would be a Gibson/Carlisle route, to connect the neighborhoods along those streets to a few major job centers. One of those is the Kirtland AFB (you can see it runs past Louisiana). Running through Nob Hill, it takes Copper/Campus straight into the UNM campus, another major job center. From there, it takes MLK Jr Ave right into Downtown.
- Now, with a different line running down MLK Jr Ave, we have the chance to reroute the 50 (the green line on the map) for a more direct Downtown-Airport connection (cause right now the connection is rather slow, going down MLK Jr Ave and through UNM), which could provide a direct Downtown-CNM/Stadium connection (another pet peeve of mine)
- Covering University Avenue would be some kind of route (in turquoise) that would run from the airport to the Heights, like the Rapid Ride line proposed by Dan M here.
I think the proximity of destinations along University is close enough that you don't really need a local and a Rapid service here, just one (preferably Rapid) will do.
- The line along Broadway (in red) would be dramatically expanded, heading south to the industrial areas past the city limits and north along Edith to the Jefferson corridor area, serving not only an industrial area but offering a Downtown-Jefferson corridor connection which currently does not exist.
- And finally (in purple), a line to run along the section of Girard currently served by the 16/18. This one was a little tricky to figure out, but what I finally decided on was something that would connect the airport and its adjacent office buildings to the residential areas along Girard, running past the UNM campus and UNMH, and then running along Indian School (there are several clusters of apartment complexes along Indian School) right to Uptown. Plus, now you have an Uptown-Airport connection!
Okay, so I know that was a ridiculous amount to go through, and perhaps I went overkill, but I see the 16/18 as such a major problem that solving it could do quite a bit for the system as a whole.
What do you think?