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Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) Project Update

Albuquerque Rapid Transit rolls out updates to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)


Improving transportation options is vital to Albuquerque's future quality of life and economic development.

Elements of BRT

  • Dedicated road, lane or mixed traffic route
  • Frequent service
  • Priority signals at intersections
  • Pre-boarding ticketing
  • Level boarding
  • Stops from 1/4 to 1/2 mile or more apart

Project Benefits

Faster and more reliable service

  • 15% improvement in travel time
  • 20-25% improved on-time performance
  • Improved safety and security


  • 5.3 million riders in 2014-nearly 15,000 per day and 41% of the total number of ABQ RIDE passengers
  • 50% estimated growth of ridership in the next 5 years
  • ART would connect with 32 of the 37 ABQ RIDE bus routes not operating on Central Avenue

Increased Opportunities

  • Connections with the numerous employment and activity centers along the Central Avenue Corridor
  • Millions of dollars in potential economic development
  • Improved land value
  • Increased Gross Receipts Tax revenue

Statistics Within 1/2 Mile of Central Avenue:

  • 24% of all employment within the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area
  • 41% of all ABQ Rider ridership
  • 1 in 5 household has income below poverty level (and 25% of all affordable housing projects units with in Bernalillo County)


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