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22.2 Uses of Integrated Transportation Options

This indicator measures the use of transportation alternatives to the automobile by Albuquerque residents.

This indicator is part of Linked integrated transportation.

Indicator description:

This indicator measures the use of transportation alternatives to the automobile by Albuquerque residents. Each of these modes connects to one or more of the others. For example, bike riders have the option of riding their bicycle to many bus stops and then riding the bus with their bicycle stored on the bus-mounted bike rack. Even Albuquerque’s airport, the Sunport, connects via bike routes, bus routes, and the Railrunner (commuter train) station. Integrated alternative modes of transportation make it easier for Albuquerque residents to get from point to point within Albuquerque and beyond.

Albuquerque Integrated Modes20082009201020112012
(k) 6,801 5,993 5,834 5,742 5,134
Railrunner Passengers (k) 542 1,082 1,240 1,242 1,192
Transit Ridership (k) 10,403 10,760 11,177 11,908 12,300
Total Bike Lanes, Routes, Trails 663 680 691 705 713

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Why is this indicator relevant?

Increasing use of alternative modes of transportation results in many positive conditions. Air quality improves. Congestion is lessened and infrastructure maximized. Yet, without convenience and timeliness, alternative modes often fail to compete with single occupancy vehicles. Integration enhances the travel potential for both modes of travel by offering a number of advantages that each mode alone cannot provide; for example, bike-on-transit service enables bicyclists to travel farther distances and overcome topographical barriers. Bike-on-transit services to recreational destinations during off-peak periods can increase overall transit ridership and increase efficient use of capacity. Bicycle-to-transit services (trails, on-road bike lanes, and bike parking) enlarge transit's catchment area by making it accessible to travelers who are beyond walking distances to/from transit stations. As Albuquerque grows, increasing the use of transportation alternatives optimizes its street system, which at the same time becomes more difficult to expand.

Data Sources:
City of Albuquerque Departments of Aviation, Municipal Development, and Transit; Middle Region Council of Governments; American Public Transit Association.

What can we tell from the data?

  • Sunport passenger levels (enplaned and deplaned) have recovered from the air travel downturn, resulting from September 11, although reductions in flights might impact future years.
  • ABQ Transit ridership is growing rapidly, caused by improved services, costs of automobile commuting, and better integration with other modes (note that Fiscal Year 2012 ridership increased by 4% over Fiscal Year 2011).
  • Albuquerque transit ridership lags behind other transit services (Austin, Tucson, El Paso), which have more mature multi-modal systems.
  • Each Railrunner trip supplants 22.5 miles of automobile use. 1,192,000 Railrunner passengers represent a reduction of over 26 million of vehicle miles traveled.


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