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City Paving the Way for More Downtown Visitors

First part of 7-mile Rail Trail completed with streetscaping at the Rail Yards

June 23, 2022

The City’s department of Municipal Development has completed the new streetscapes at the historic Rail Yards in downtown Albuquerque. The new streetscapes make the Rail Yards more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians just in time for the State of the City Celebration and Address happening this Saturday, June 25.

“With this project we were able to widen the trail, add benches, and create a new entrance on the north side of the yards to make them more accessible,” said Patrick Montoya, Director of the Department of Municipal Development. “We hope people enjoy the new additions and enjoy their future trips to this historic site.”

The completed streetscape is a part of the Rail Trail, which will connect east and west downtown and make it easier for folks to walk or bike to businesses across the area. Connecting all four quadrants of the downtown area will provide easier access to community members and those visiting Albuquerque.

“The Rail Yards is a catalytic site for creating an iconic destination and community,” said Karen Iverson, Manager at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency. “The enhanced streetscape will encourage cyclists and pedestrians to safely access the site and create a landscape buffer for the neighbors.”

“This project is a stepping stone for our efforts to make our vision of a vibrant downtown that everyone can enjoy at reality,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This streetscape makes the Rail Yards more inviting, paving the way to a more activated space with things to do for the whole family right here in the heart of our city.”

For more information on the history of the Rail Yards and upcoming activities, visit