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Driving With ART

As Albuquerque Rapid Transit takes final shape, there are some unique things on Central Avenue that drivers and pedestrians should be aware of, before service begins.

First of all, at four locations on Central, drivers and pedestrians will encounter HAWK signals. HAWK signals are located near the white dots. These signals will alert you when pedestrians may be ready to cross the street. Flashing yellow means slow down and prepare to stop. When the Hawk signal turns red, come to a complete stop. And when the HAWK signal flashes red, when the cross walk is clear of pedestrians, you can continue your drive.

“The prime objective of a HAWK signal is to provide pedestrians with safe crossing opportunities, and with the ability to balance the needs of the pedestrians with driver delay. This is a valuable component of the HAWK treatment,” said Michael Riordan, Chief Operations Officer for the City of Albuquerque. “We believe these signals will help reduce pedestrian crashes.”

Also along the ART roadway, pavement markings and traffic signals will indicate where and when it’s safe for drivers to turn. Left turns and U-Turns are still permitted on Central. But only at signalized intersections. At 41 signalized locations along the ART corridor (outside of Downtown Albuquerque), drivers will be able to make not only protected left turns, but also protected U-turns. Right now, if you make a legal U-turn in Albuquerque, you only do so if no oncoming traffic is nearby.

“Intersection designs such as this one succeed through reducing the number and severity of conflict points at an intersection,” said Dayna Crawford, ABQ RIDE Deputy Director and ART Project Manager. “With roughly one quarter of all traffic fatalities in the United States associated with intersections, it’s critical to the public safety that we address it.”

On the ART route, drivers have the ability to make protected left turns/U-turns when they have the light, even if the ART bus is at the station. The drivers themselves will have their own set of signals.

Until the system is operational, those drivers’ signals are bagged. But once they’re operational, they’ll show a red light during training and then will be replaced by horizontal white line to indicate the bus must stop. A vertical white line will prompt the driver to pull out of the ART station.

Finally, there are the ART dedicated lanes, which will cover 90 percent of Central from Louisiana to Coors. ONLY buses, emergency vehicles and ART maintenance vehicles can drive in this ART lane. Red is for ART, regular asphalt is for everyone else. If you get to close to the ART lane, “rumble strips” at the edges of the dedicated lanes will remind you to stay a safe distance away. 

Look for upcoming public service announcements featuring this and other important information regarding the ART project on local TV. For more driver tips, go to www.myabqride.com

Here is a list of the 41 Signalized Intersections along the ART Route:

1

Coors

2

63rd

3

59th

4

Yucca

5

52nd

6

47th

7

El Super parking lot

8

Atrisco

9

Sunset

10

Tingley

11

New York

12

Rio Grande

13

San Pasquale

14

Laguna

15

14th

16

12th

17

10th

18

Broadway

19

Edith

20

High

21

Locust

22

Oak

23

Mulberry

24

Spruce

25

University

26

Yale

27

Cornell

28

Stanford

29

Princeton

30

Girard

31

Richmond

32

Wellesley

33

Carlisle

34

Morningside

35

Washington

36

Monroe

37

San Mateo

38

Alvarado

39

San Pedro

40

Expo NM

41

Louisiana

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A map of the 41 Signalized Intersection along Central Avenue

 

HAWK Signal.jpgHAWK Signals

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Transit Signals for ART Motor Coach Operators