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ABQ RIDE Asking for Your Ideas Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6 p.m., Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE

5/15/13

On Wednesday, May 22, 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.  The meeting at the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE, is the fourth such meeting in the past two weeks.  It will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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:

  1. Boarding platforms level with the floor of the bus, easing and speeding the boarding process.
  2. Off-bus fare collection enabling riders to purchase tickets outside the bus, reducing waiting time to get on the bus.
  3. A smart signal system, allowing buses to communicate with traffic signals and reducing delays.

In this second round of public meetings, Transit is presenting two basic alternatives for how Bus Rapid Transit could be constructed on Central Avenue within the existing curb lines and discusses the balance between transit and the other functions of the street. Transit is seeking public input on such things as:

  1. Dedicated lane configurations
  2. What considerations contribute to good station locations?

The three, remaining public input meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.:  Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center – 501 Elizabeth SE, 87123-2887
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.Alamosa Community Center– 6900 Gonzales Rd SW, 87121
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. :Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Ventana Salon – 2000 Mountain NW, 87104

“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.”

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