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City’s “Stories of Us” Renaming Project Honors Late City Councilor

ABQ Ride renames Daytona Transit Facility as Ken Sanchez Transit Facility.
August 04, 2023

Today, City leaders gathered to announce the renaming of the ABQ RIDE Daytona Transit Facility to the Ken Sanchez Transit Facility, honoring the life of the late City Councilor who lost his battle against cancer in January 2020. This renaming project is part of the larger ABQ Stories of Us initiative paying tribute to past and present leaders who have made an extraordinary impact on the historical landscape of our City.

“It is important that we honor those who have helped shape Albuquerque into what it is today, an innovative and inclusive city full of potential,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “It’s our people and our stories that are our biggest strength, and we celebrate incredible Burqueños like Ken Sanchez who make a lasting impact on our communities.”

As a 15-year standing City Councilor of District 1 and a three-term City Council President, Ken Sanchez helped initiate significant impacts to ABQ RIDE and public transportation in Albuquerque, including the implementation of ART and development of the Central and Unser Transit Center.

“I am grateful for everyone who had a role in turning this idea into reality to honor an individual who fought hard for improved public transportation in Albuquerque,” said Transit Director Leslie Keener.  “Thanks to our partners and the incredible team at ABQ RIDE, the City will have a role in keeping the legacy of Ken Sanchez alive for many years.”

“On behalf of Ken’s Family, thank you to Mayor Keller, his administration, and the Transit Department for making my father’s name a legacy here at the transit center,” said Ken Sanchez’s daughter Jaclyn Sanchez.

ABQ Stories of Us, announced at Mayor Keller’s 2023 State of the City Address, is an initiative to salute visionaries, central figures, and inspirational leaders who have made significant contributions to the cultural, social, and economic fabric of the city. Anyone with suggestions for renaming projects of public spaces is invited to submit their ideas to [email protected].