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ABQ RIDE Forward Network Plan

Information about ABQ RIDE's study of the current bus network. See project website for full details.

This is the ABQ Ride Forward Network Plan logo.

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The ABQ RIDE Forward Network Plan is an initiative that will review the performance of the existing bus network and update the City’s plans for future transit improvements. Specifically, the plan will help identify goals and purposes of the City’s investment in public transit and will inform future decisions about where bus routes go, at what times they run, and how frequently.

As Transit needs across the City of Albuquerque evolve, this study will consider how best to meet those evolving needs and make the most efficient use of existing resources. The ABQ RIDE Forward Network Plan is a review of the purpose and performance of Albuquerque’s bus network and an update of the City’s plans for future improvements to the network.

“This is a chance to step back from our current system and ensure that transit services reflect the values and priorities of the community,” said Transit Director Leslie Keener.

At the initial stage ABQ RIDE is looking for input on key choices, including how to balance running routes that are ridden by the greatest number of people (ridership) versus running routes that cover the greatest geographic area (coverage), illustrated by the examples below. 

Maximum Ridership Goal:

This diagram illustrates a transit network focused on serving the maximum number of riders by focusing routes on highly trafficked corridors.

Maximum Coverage Goal: 

This diagram illustrates a transit network that is focused on serving the larger geographical area with bus routes on all streets across a community.

These examples have the same number of people (dots) and buses but different service goals and ridership results.

This is a collaborative planning effort among the City of Albuquerque, local transit stakeholders, and members of the community to decide the goals and purposes of the City’s investment in public transit.

As a first step in the project, ABQ RIDE is conducting a public input period where community members have opportunities to give feedback and help identify underlying goals for transit service in Albuquerque. This public input period will take place through the end of October 2022. Visit the project website at abqrideforward.com to take the survey and learn more about the project and ways to get involved!

The Network Plan is expected to conclude in fall 2023. Any route or schedule changes recommended could take place as early as 2024.

Ways To Get Involved

Take the survey today!

Reports and Maps

Visit abqrideforward.com to learn more about the project.

Our Existing Conditions Report, now posted online, explains our goals of transit service, how well our service works to provide access to jobs and other destinations, and how we compare to other places.

The On-Board Survey Summary Report documents the results of a 2022 survey of ABQ RIDE passengers to understand their trip patterns and travel preferences.

More maps and resources will be posted as they are developed. 

Focus Groups

Join us in October for small group discussions about the ABQ RIDE Forward Network Plan to share your thoughts about the future of transit service in Albuquerque.

Click here to sign up for a focus group meeting.

  • Friday, October 14, 2:00 - 3:00 PM – Virtual Meeting
  • Monday, October 17, 5:30 - 6:30 PM – Virtual Meeting
  • Friday, October 21, 12:00 - 1:00 PM – In Person, Alvarado Transit Center, 100 1st Street SW
  • Monday, October 24, 12:00 - 1:00 PM – Virtual Meeting
    • Spanish translation provided / Traducción al español proporcionada
  • Monday, October 24, 5:30 - 6:30 PM – In Person, Alvarado Transit Center, 100 1st Street SW
    • Spanish translation provided / Traducción al español proporcionada
  • Friday, October 28, 2:00 - 3:00 PM – Virtual Meeting

Contact [email protected] to request ADA accommodations or interpretation services.

Virtual & In-Person Community Meetings

Join an online community meeting to learn more about the ABQ RIDE Forward Network Plan. You may also attend the meetings in-person at the Alvarado Transportation Center, located at 100 1st Street SW, 87102.

Contact [email protected] for more information about attending in-person or to request ADA accommodations.

Mailing List

  • Sign up for our mailing list here.