The UNM/CNM/Sunport corridor is the state’s biggest activity center with more than 75,000 people coming to this area every day, and another 20,000 living nearby. The project team will examine potential Bus Rapid Transit features and will also recommend land use and parking policies that would support transit use, walking, and biking in the area.
The UNM/CNM/Sunport Transit Study is nearing another milestone, as the project team prepares to submit a Request to Enter Project Development to the Federal Transit Administration. If approved, the request would allow the project to go through environmental review, design, and engineering. Approval would also make the project eligible for (though does not guarantee) federal funding within several years.
The primary document in the request will be the Alternatives Screening Report.
UNM/CNM/Sunport Draft Locally Preferred Alternative was released in September 2013, as shown in the map to the right. The proposed route would run primarily down University Boulevard from Menaul to Avenida Cesar Chavez, where it would zig east to Yale and south to the Sunport. Most of this route would consist of bus-only lanes to bypass traffic congestion and improve travel times.The
Alternatively, if the existing UNM South park-and-ride lot could be relocated from Avenida Cesar Chavez to University, the route would follow University all the way to Gibson, as shown by the dashed line. The southern end of University Boulevard has more economic development opportunities and would provide better service to UNM South Campus. For full details, visit our Locally Preferred Alternatives page >>
The Rio Metro Regional Transit District, working with the Mid-Region Council of Governments and local stakeholders, has identified a potential north-south Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route that would link the UNM/CNM/Sunport corridor. This area contains some of the state’s biggest and busiest destinations: UNM Hospital, UNM North, Main, and South campuses, CNM Main Campus, the regional sports facilities, and the Sunport, as well as many nearby neighborhoods and businesses.
The project team is examining potential Bus Rapid Transit features, such as bus-only lanes, advanced buses that are more attractive and easier to board, and comfortable stations with ticket machines and real-time arrival information. The team will also recommend land use and parking policies that would support transit use, walking, and biking in the area.
The study kicked off in June 2012, and the Draft Locally Preferred Alternative was released in September 2013. The next step is to submit the project to the Federal Transit Administration for acceptance to conduct Project Development activities, including additional environmental review, engineering, and additional bicycle, pedestrian and land use planning.
Bus Rapid Transit refers to high-end bus services that provide a fast, comfortable, and convenient way to travel. BRT can include any or all of these features:
The draft Locally Preferred Alternative, released in September 2013, is shown in this map. It would run primarily down University Boulevard from Menaul to Avenida Cesar Chavez, where it would zig east to Yale and connect to the Sunport. Alternatively, if the existing UNM South park-and-ride lot were relocated from Avenida Cesar Chavez to University, the route would follow University all the way to Gibson, as shown by the dashed line. Most of this route would consist of bus-only lanes. More information will be posted in the next few days.
Local stakeholders identified a “long list” of potential routes in January 2013. These routes were evaluated based on their potential productivity and vetted through a series of public meetings. The lowest-performing routes were discarded, and a “short list” was presented to the public in April and May. Since then, the routes have been narrowed further based on more detailed analysis and feedback from the public and institutions such as UNM, CNM, and the City of Albuquerque.
To view the earlier routes, visit our Materials page.
The Mid-Region Council of Governments is managing the study. MRCOG is partnering closely with the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, UNM, CNM, the Sunport, and the Rio Metro Regional Transit District. Parsons Brinckerhoff is the lead consultant, working with Better Foundations and Planning Technologies.
ALIGNMENT REPORT FINALIZED:
The final version of the Alternatives Alignment Identification and Assessment report is now available.
STUDY NEARS FTA SUBMITTAL:
The project team is preparing a Request to Enter Project Development, which would allow the project to go through environmental review, design, and engineering.