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ABQ RIDE Implementing Route and Schedule Changes on May 12

ABQ RIDE is making route and schedule changes to its service starting Saturday, May 12, 2018. These changes were proposed by the previous city administration and approved by City Council to cover routes that either needed enhanced service or were underperforming.

The changes mean an end to Route #40-D-Ride. However, they mean an increase in service for six routes. Two other routes are also being modified. And with the planned reallocation of Route #40-D-Ride resources, Downtown Albuquerque also will have a modified Free Fare Zone, which will increase the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and employees can use for free for short inbound trips in an expanded Downtown service area.

“Last year, the previous city administration reviewed the routes and schedules in an effort to make them more productive,” said Bernie Toon, the recently-appointed Director of ABQ RIDE. “These changes are the result.”

ABQ RIDE will now utilize the reallocated resources of the D-Ride toward improvements for Routes #36-12th St. /Rio Grande, #1-Juan Tabo, #50-Airport/Downtown, #141-San Mateo, #5-Montgomery/Carlisle and #155-Coors. This will also mean changes in the Downtown routings of the #8-Menaul and #36-12th St. / Rio Grande to provide service on portions of what used to be the #40-D-Ride.

Here are the fixed route service changes:

Reallocation:

Route #40-D-Ride

No more D-Ride service. Reallocating resources to create or expand service on other routes, modifying the Downtown circulation of two routes (#8-Menaul and the #36-12th St./Rio Grande), adding a new route (#37-12th St./Rio Grande) and a free fare zone for all inbound routes (except for Routes #66, 766, 777 and 790) to the Alvarado Transportation Center.

Additions:

Downtown Modified Free Fare Zone

Increasing the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and workers can use for free short trips in an expanded Downtown service area. These include inbound Routes #8-Menaul and the #36/37-12th St. /Rio Grande and all other inbound routes to the Alvarado Transportation Center (except for Routes #66, 766, 777 and 790). This will not affect passengers on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express who connect with outbound buses at the Alvarado Transportation Center. For a map of the Downtown Free Fare Zone and the stops honoring free fares into the Alvarado Transportation Center, click HERE.

Rt. #36/37-12th St. /Rio Grande

Weekdays-Rt. #36 has been making a large, counterclockwise one-way loop in the North Valley. Now, a new route, #37-12th St. /Rio Grande will make the same loop in the opposite direction to provide two way service. Both the #36 and #37 will now have a 60 minute frequency.

Rt. #1-Juan Tabo

Weekdays –The service frequency on Rt. #1 will now go from 70 minutes during the midday (9:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.) to an increased frequency of 45 minutes, which will nearly double midday service.

Rt. #50-Airport/Downtown

Sundays-Currently, there is no bus service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Yale or to the Sunport on Sundays. The #50 will add Sunday service from 9:15 a.m. to 5:55 p.m., with a frequency of 60-70 minutes.

Rt. #141-San Mateo

Rt. #141 is the most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays & Sundays. It will now have more weekend service:

Saturdays – will add one earlier northbound trip (6:18 a.m.), one later northbound trip       (8:50 p.m.), and will add two later Southbound trips (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

Sundays – will increase frequency from 40 minutes to 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rt. #5-Montgomery/ Carlisle/ Lomas

Rt. #5 is the third most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays. It will now add one earlier trip in each direction (7:40 a.m. eastbound and 7:25 a.m. westbound) and two later eastbound trips (6:20 p.m. and 7 p.m.).

Rt. #155-Coors

Sundays – This route is adding one earlier northbound trip (9:15 a.m.) and one later southbound trip (4:54 p.m.).

Route Modifications:

Rt. #8-Menaul & Rt. #36/37-12th St. / Rio Grande Blvd.

All Days - The downtown path of these routes will now utilize 5th and 6th Streets, Silver Ave., 2nd St., and Gold Ave. (the same path the D-Ride took) to and from the Alvarado Transportation Center instead of Lomas Blvd. and 2nd St.

For a map of the new where buses will be stopping at the Alvarado Transportation Center after May 12, 2018, click HERE.