Temporary Stop on Southbound 118th St near Dennis Chavez Serves Students
On Jan. 13, 2014, ABQ RIDE service began its first weekday runs to Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Southwest Albuquerque.
Route #198-98th St/Dennis Chavez made its first stop at the school at 6:50 a.m., in time to get students and staff to school by the 7:21 a.m. start of classes. The morning time was chosen based on survey results indicating most people wanted to arrive in the morning by 7 a.m. Two afternoon stops at the school are scheduled; one arriving at 3 p.m. (and leaving at 3:07 p.m.) and another at 4:59 p.m. (and leaving the stop at 5:10 p.m.). These afternoon times were chosen, based on survey results indicating particular interest in leaving school around 3 and 5 pm.
“The community, the City, Albuquerque Public Schools and the state all came together to gauge interest and then make this modification of Route #198 a reality,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “It’s a testament to how cooperation can get things accomplished.”
ABQ RIDE’s modification of Route #198 began last July, after a meeting between members of the community and Albuquerque’s Transit Department. ABQ RIDE developed both an English and Spanish survey to gauge interest and placed it on Survey Monkey. The South West Alliance of Neighborhoods also distributed printed copies of the survey, as did Atrisco Heritage Academy staff. What developed was a picture of the area’s ridership potential, followed by a plan for modifying the #198 to provide service.
A temporary stop is serving the school on southbound 118th St, about 150 feet north of the intersection of 118th St and Dennis Chavez. Later, a new permanent stop will be placed on eastbound Dennis Chavez Blvd, about 250 feet east of the intersection with 118th St.
“Now, ABQ RIDE can provide transit service for students, faculty and staff, especially for after-hours extracurricular activities,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “This service can also be used by people going to the health clinic on the AHA campus.”
Two Atrisco Heritage Academy High School students step off the #198 at 6:50 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2014; the first ever run of ABQ RIDE to the high school.