I’m not saying it will do anything to stop the project. Mayor Berry seems dead-set on shoving bus rapid transit down Albuquerque’s collective throat and most city counselors of both political parties are not responding to constituent concerns. Nonetheless, there is a series of public meetings being held over the next several days. Feel free to attend and ask lots of questions including:
Why is Cleveland a model for Albuquerque when it comes to bus rapid transit?
Why is the City adopting a bus system that the City’s own consultants, Parsons Brinckerhoff (see page 110), say will reduce mobility along Central?
Overall, this analysis concludes that in the Build Condition, the operational performance at severalintersections would be deteriorated. Several segments would have diminished operational performance,thereby increasing queuing and congestion along the Central Avenue corridor. This can clearly beattributed to the reduction in capacity of the general purpose lanes along the majority of the corridor.
Here is the meetings schedule:
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE (at Edith)
Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Immanuel Presbyterian Church/Fellowship Hall, 114 Carlisle SE (at Central)
Tuesday, March 1, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Albuquerque Police Community Substation, 2060 Central SW (at Rio Grande)
Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central NW (at Unser)
Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion, EXPO New Mexico (San Pedro and Copper-across from the Expo N.M. Pavilion Stage)
ABQ RIDE representatives will be available to answer questions and provide project details. Participants at these public meetings will also get to review plans for:
The latest station renderings and their lighting designs
Cross sections of lane alignments along neighborhoods of Central Ave served by ART
Landscaping and streetscape plans