Rail Trail

The proposed Rail Trail will link Albuquerque's vibrant downtown area to nearby neighborhoods, mass transportation options, and the Rail Yards, and create a world class urban amenity that will catalyze redevelopment.

About the Rail Trail

The Rail Trail is a proposed vibrant and artistic urban trail that will revitalize Downtown Albuquerque. The Rail Trail is imagined both as a celebration of Albuquerque’s cultural history and a bright vision for our shared future. At the intersection of historic transportation routes such as El Camino Real, Route 66, and the AT&SF Rail Line, the Rail Trail envisions the creation of a localized and convenient multi-modal connection across Downtown.

Through public-private partnerships, the City of Albuquerque seeks to reinvigorate the local economy by providing unique activities along the trail that will draw people to Downtown. The project will link the Downtown core to: 

  • Nearby neighborhoods
  • Mass transportation options
  • The Rail Yards redevelopment site
  • Employment opportunities
  • Activity centers

An internal view of a building at the railyards.

Rail Trail Info Text

Rail Trail Map Crop

Rail Trail Public Meeting

In June 2021, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency hosted a public engagement meeting at the Rail Yards. With over 100 attendees, valuable feedback was collected from the community, which will be incorporated into the final Rail Trail design.

Photos from the Rail Trail Public Meeting in June 2020


Rail Trail Steering Committee

Steering Committee Public Sector Working Group
Mayling Armijo, Bernalillo County Economic Development Director Grant Brodehl, MRCOG - Rio Metro
Dale Armstrong, Property Owner Bill Craven, NMDOT
Lola Bird, Downtown Mainstreet Jose Garcia, AMS Global
Dennis Gamelski, Property Owner Richard Meadows, Bernalillo County El Camino Real Historic Trail Project
Ed Garcia, Property Owner Nathan Molina, Councilor Isaac Benton's Office
Seth Gardenswartz, Property Owner Christina Sandoval, CABQ Parks & Recreation
Johanna Gillian, Homewise Anthony Villanueva, CABQ Department of Municipal Development
Frank Martinez, Citizens Information Committee of Martineztown  
Tim Nisly, Barelas Community Coalition  
Jay Rembe, Property Owner  
Sgt. Matthew Tinney, Downtown Public Safety District  
Laura Trujillo, Valley Area Command Crime Prevention  
Kelly Ward, Innovate ABQ  
Richard Yates, Property Owner  


Rail Trail Survey

Take a brief survey to give your input on the design and programming of the Rail Trail.

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