Two Public Meetings Set for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Albuquerque, NM – ABQ RIDE is holding two public meetings tomorrow to discuss proposed changes for some routes and schedules. The public meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17 in the Second Training Room of the Alvarado Transportation Center, 1st Street and Central SW. The first meeting will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. The second meeting is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
These proposed changes cover routes that need enhanced service or are underperforming. One proposed change would create a Downtown modified free fare zone. The Downtown modified free fare zone would increase the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and workers could use for free for short trips in an expanded Downtown service are; Bridge / Cesar Chavez, 8th Street, Lomas, and 2nd Street. This change increase in service would allow the current resources of the Route #40-D-Ride to be more effectively utilized.
ABQ RIDE is proposing to utilize those resources towards service improvements for routes #36-12th St./Rio Grande, #1-Juan Tabo, #50-Airport/Downtown, #141-San Mateo, #5-Montgomery/Carlisle and #155-Coors. Another proposal would change the Downtown routing of the #8-Menaul bus and #36-Rio Grande bus to provide service on portions of the current D-Ride route.
“Periodically, we review our routes and schedules in an effort to make them more productive,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “These proposed changes improve service on routes in need of additional service, and also make our system-wide routes more productive.”
Here are the proposed fixed route service changes:
Downtown Modified Free Fare Zone
Increasing the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and workers could use for free short trips in an expanded Downtown service area.
Rt. 36 – 12th St. / Rio Grande Blvd.
Weekdays – Currently Rt. 36 makes a large one-way loop. The proposal is to institute service in the opposite direction so both directions would have 60-minute frequency.
Rt. 1 – Juan Tabo
Weekdays – Currently the service frequency on Rt. 1 is 70 minutes during the mid-day – 9:30 am to 2:10 pm. The proposal is to increase frequency to 35 – 40 minutes, which will nearly double mid-day service.
Rt. 50 – Airport/ Downtown
Sundays – Currently, there is no bus service on Martin Luther King, Yale, or to the Sunport on Sundays. The proposal is to add service from 9:15 am to 5:55 pm, with frequency of 60 – 70 minutes.
Rt. 141 – San Mateo
Rt. 141 is the most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays & Sundays. The proposal is to add more weekend service.
Saturdays – add one earlier Northbound trip (6:18 am), add one later Northbound trip (8:50 pm), and add two later Southbound trips (9:00 pm and 9:30 pm).
Sundays – increase frequency from 40 minutes to 30 minutes from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Rt. 5 – Montgomery/ Carlisle/ Lomas
Rt. 5 is the third most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays. The proposal is to add one earlier trip in each direction (7:40 am Eastbound and 7:25 am Westbound) and two later Eastbound trips (6:20 pm and 7:00 pm).
Rt. 155 – Coors
Sundays – The proposal is to add one earlier Northbound trip (9:15 am) and one later Southbound trip (4:54 pm).
Rt. 8 – Menaul & Rt. 36 – 12th St. / Rio Grande Blvd.
All Days – The proposal is to change downtown routing to use 5th St., Silver Ave., 2nd St., and Gold Ave. to and from the ATC instead of Lomas Blvd. and 2nd St.
Rt. 40 – D-RIDE
Weekdays – The proposal is to reallocate these service hours to other routes and created a Downtown modified free fare zone with an expanded area for modified free service. Two other routes would be adjusted to provide service on the portion of the D-Ride route not already overlapping other routes.
The changes, if implemented, would start November, 2017.
ABQ RIDE is Albuquerque‘s principal form of public transportation. It logs a daily average of 160-Thousand Passenger Miles on its buses.