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Report Assesses Regional Impacts of Albuquerque Rapid Transit

regional impacts art analysisA report by the Mid-Region Council of Governments analyzes the regional benefits associated with the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project along Central Avenue in Albuquerque. A common criticism of the ART project is that it provides additional investment in a transit corridor that is already well-served rather than improving service in other locations. One under-evaluated component of the ART project, therefore, is the impact transportation investments on Central Ave will have across the rest of the system. As a planning agency concerned with issues across the entire Albuquerque metropolitan area, the Mid-Region Council of Governments chose to pursue such analysis.

The analysis found that the combined effect of increased service frequency, reduced transit travel times, and greater reliability results in substantial improvements in access to common destinations by public transit across Bernalillo County. Some key findings are that nearly 150,000 additional residents could access the University of New Mexico and Nob Hill areas respectively within 45 minutes by public transit as a result of ART than at present. Similarly, a transit user departing from Coors Blvd. and Central Ave. could access more than 50,000 additional jobs within 45 minutes once ART is implemented than they could today.

Read the full report.

Learn more about MRCOG's Congestion Management Process.

View this and other transportation news in the January 2016 issue of Travel Times >



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