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Study Explores Trail to Connect East and West Downtown

Multi-use trail would connect to Rail Trail and existing trail network; increase recreation, support small businesses and economic development

Apr. 8, 2022

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department has released a feasibility study for the construction of a multi-use trail connecting downtown Albuquerque with the Sawmill/Museum District following an existing railway “spur line.” The study assesses existing conditions along the proposed route, evaluates alignment options and design concepts, and investigates long-term benefits for small businesses and property owners in the area.

The proposed Spur Line Trail would follow the existing railroad tracks north from Lomas Blvd then west along the rail spur track that extends into the Sawmill District, a distance of approximately 2.25 miles. The Spur Line Trail would be part of an eight-mile loop that will connect major attractions, including the Railyards, ABQ BioPark, the Sawmill District, Old Town, and the Albuquerque Convention Center.

“The Spur Line Trail would add significant opportunities to build new partnerships with the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to surrounding neighborhood businesses and associations,” said Mark Thompson, Property Development Director for Indian Pueblos Marketing Inc. “We are excited about the development of this project and we are in full support of the Spur Line Trail.”

“These trails are a path to a more vibrant urban experience, creating something we know our families will love and changing the way we think about and move through our downtown,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “So much of our history, cultural institutions, and community assets come together in the heart of our city. Building out this network of trails links them together, making the area more walkable, community-focused, and business friendly.”

Community stakeholder meetings and other public input took place in Fall 2021 and included neighborhood associations, property owners, and small business owners along the proposed trail route.

For more information about the Spur Line Trail and to read the full report, visit cabq.gov/parks.