What's going on, Albuquerque?
By George, I do believe that I have indeed found where I might actually vote today! It wasn't easy. The first map listed here (and others I've looked at) are nothing short of confusing and inaccurate. The second one you're linking does seem to be correct.
//most people can't commute via public transportation because our bus service mostly sucks//
Come now, Hettie. ABQ Ride has improved by leaps and bounds over the past ten years. I'd say the city's sprawl is far more to blame than the bus system that tries to service it.
Benny, I would say it is both: the city sprawl.and the bus system that DOESN'T service the sprawl very well or effectively. And then we have the mayor trying to get money for a trolley on Central between downtown and Nob Hill. Which is exactly where transit money doesn't need to be spent. (Yes, I know that it is apparently easier to get Fed dollars for "sexy" projects like trolleys, but come on).
It's the previous administration that wanted to do the trolley - that idea is dead. However, Transit does want to add a BRT to all of Central - dedicated lanes, but it uses buses instead of rail. Yes, the project involves trolling for Fed dollars, because BRT's are the new sexy answer for cheaper mass transit.
(I personally think its a great way to kill small businesses in EDO and Nob Hill, though...)
ABQ Ride has improved if you live or work in close proximity to the Central corridor, or possibly Uptown. If you're one of the tens of thousands who live and/or work along Montgomery--or Juan Tabo, Wyoming, heck pretty much any north-south corridor--you're just out of luck. If the city would shift the #5 to a Rapid Ride route, it'd be a huge first step. But they've stalled out after the Central route improvements, implying they think they've done enough. Kind of like the "improvements" to the Bike Boulevard between Yale and Carlisle....
^it pains me how much I agree with everything you just said. I would love to see popular routes like San Mateo, Lomas, and Carlisle/Montgomery blessed with Rapid Rides, and I would love to see the Bike Boulevard become what it was supposed to - a good deal more than faded street paint and a series of beautiful signs that drivers ignore.
Hey, I posted the grasshoppers on radar story in the "community forum" section way back on Saturday! Man, the guy in Texas is more on top of the incipient grasshopper takeover than the locals, here...
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