Background

Paseo del Norte High Capacity Transit Study

The Paseo del Norte High Capacity Transit Study will identity how public transit can provide an alternative to private vehicle travel and meet some of the demand for trips across the Rio Grande to employment sites and other activity centers. Identifying transit's role in meeting these travel needs is essential since no new river crossing facilities (bridges or lanes) are currently planned and Westside growth and the distribution of jobs will create further travel demand across the river.

Goal

The study will identify a high capacity transit system that uses the Paseo del Norte river crossing to link the northwestern portion of the metropolitan area with the Journal Center and potentially other activity centers east of the Rio Grande. The study seeks to identify near and long-term transportation options in the area to improve mobility for residents of the region's growing Westside.

Why Paseo del Norte and the Journal Center?

Crashes and incidents on the facility make travel times very unpredictable for private automobiles and transit services that use the facility.

In 2010, Paseo del Norte carried 81,800 vehicles per day and 7,500 vehicles during the peak hour. MRCOG projects that demand on this route will increase over the next 20 years as more than 250,000 new residents occupy the Westside. As a result, the Paseo del Norte river crossing is projected to carry over 180,000 vehicles per day and 15,000 evening peak-hour trips by year 2035.

With over 30,000 employees accounted for in 2010, many of them live in western Albuquerque or southern Rio Rancho. However, relatively few workers in the area commute by public transit, and service from the region's Westside is in need of improvement. There is an opportunity to meet the region's growing demand for river crossing trips and serve the large number of commuters from the Westside to the Journal Center and other destinations.

What Will the Transit Study do?

Ultimately the AA will identify a "locally preferred alternative" that will be considered by local transit providers for funding and implementation.

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