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Comment by Dan Ehrig on August 15, 2008 at 8:03am
I am just so shocked to see that its people in the far NE heights who are against public transportation. Shocked I say.

Comment by Ryan Martin Stark on August 15, 2008 at 10:08am
Gotta agree, bluejays. It's like organizing your own surprise birthday party, then pretending to be surprised...
Comment by Kevin Murray on August 15, 2008 at 10:20am

I am not against public transportation, but I would like to see some of that spent in my area too. Right now, I can not take the bus (or any public transportation for that matter) from my house (which is right near I-25 & Alameda) to my office, which is off I-25 between Comanche & Candelaria. Also throw into the mix that I am a CNM student, and it just gets worse. The old saying "You cant get there from here" is so true for me.

Right now I feel that the Central Ave corridor is over served between the normal 66 bus and two rapid ride routes. That route does not need another option when the rest of the city is really under served. Granted, I know that if we get any version of a light rail line and/or modern streetcar it needs to start at the airport and go downtown via UNM (at least to start), but I think their current plans just suck.

Also, who ever thought it was a good idea to route 75% of the city bus routes downtown via the Alvarado Transportation Center needs to get their head looked at. I really could go on for hours and bitch about our bus system, but I think I have said enough for now.
Comment by Kevin Murray on August 15, 2008 at 11:14am
once banned twice shy,

I know, I have been waiting for them to finish that project up. Even if I do not use it to get to work, it would be a good ride in general.
Comment by shotsie on August 15, 2008 at 1:13pm
About that bus service in the NE - yeah, it'd be nice if they would extend the hours a bit, or maybe add routes to the Jefferson corridor on the weekends (movies/restaurants). - We went to see Keb Mo' at the Civic Plaza on a Saturday, and the transit dept was encouraging people to use the bus to come downtown - great - you could ride a bus downtown, as long as it was before 5pm (Sat), but the only bus line back was the Rapid Ride on Central, with no connecting busses travelling north. I guess they really wanted us to get a hotel room and take the bus back in the morning.....

If you take a look at the streetcar proposal, you'd notice that the 1/4 cent tax for all transportation is used to repay the cost of the streetcar for the next 20 years, not the increased revenue from a special tax district along the Central corridor. If the city would extend the streetcar to the Fairgrounds (and down Louisiana to the Malls), and work with the state to help rebuild the fairgrounds instead of a civic center downtown, I wouldn't mind so much - at least it would be useful for ABQ residents plus visitors.
Comment by John on August 15, 2008 at 4:04pm
Damn straight, Kevin. It just blows my mind to hear discussion about businesses and people on Central getting Yet Another taxpayer-funded perk while the rest of the city is left to rot. If they want to excite people about better public transit, then tell us it's going to be anywhere else. Central is the one place in all these countless square miles, which doesn't need it.
Comment by Kevin Murray on August 15, 2008 at 4:45pm

I too like my car, and do not plan to get rid of it anytime soon, but if I could get to school / work on the bus it would make much more sense. With gas well above 3.00 a gallon, a monthly pass for the bus at something like 28 dollars makes more sense.Also, I am lucky in that I have access to our company vehicles should I need to run out and get something in the middle of the day. But with no easy bus service, I am forced to use my car.
Comment by Doc Mara on August 16, 2008 at 9:59am
I guess Albuquerque is still in a state of denial. Public transportation isn't a "gift" to streets. It's a system. The great bogeyman Portland started with light rail (more expensive than a street car) and expanded to all forms of public and alternative transportation. They have better support for bike trails AND buses. The OIMBY (only in my back yard) or NIYBY (not in your back yard) zero sum gamers keep the entire city back. With gas going up, citizens should be demanding entire solutions that acknowledge that the busiest corridors might need/want dedicated transportation like streetcars AND other parts of the city connect to these spines with buses and shuttles.

It's not either/or. Remain divided and you'll get nothing, or, at best piecemeal and ineffective solutions.
Comment by LadyDothProtestTooMuchMeThinks on August 18, 2008 at 8:26am
I just bought a car, and I live near the main bus routes, because the bus service is not reliable from my experiance. Tranist does not run early or late enough, or go in the city where I need to go. It's not well thought out schedule wise. Often the connecting buses are missed because of delays or bad timing, scheduled connections are too close to be met.

It's too much to deal with when you have to follow a schedule. There is no holiday service like most places I have lived in before Albuquerque.

The result in my case is just the opposite effect from what the city wants, another car on the road.


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