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ART: 58 Minutes To Drive Nine Miles

ART: 58 Minutes To Drive Nine Miles

It took 58 minutes to drive ART's nine miles.

BY STEVE SCHROEDER

Steve Schroeder is the owner of the Nob Hill Music Store at 3419 Central Ave. NE along the route of Mayor Richard Berry’s Albuquerque Rapid Transit projects.

A vocal ART opponent, Schroeder decided to drive ART’s nine-mile route on a Saturday afternoon.

Why?

To see what traffic is like now while ART is under construction, and what it will probably be like once the project is completed toward the end of this year.

ART, with its dedicated bus lanes, will generally reduce Central from four lanes of general vehicular traffic to one lane in each direction.

Schroeder started his trip at 1:14 p.m. on Saturday, May 13th, driving west to east from Coors to Louisiana. The result?

It took Schroeder 58 minutes to drive ART’s nine miles.

Here is Schroeder’s account of the trip:

Thankfully I didn’t have a manual shift with no air conditioning car.

The entire route was only one lane of traffic in each direction, just like it will be when finished. There were no active construction events or workers on Central this Saturday.

The ART plan indicates that there will be 241 left turns eliminated on this route and ART will add an additional 10 stop lights on this same nine-mile stretch. I can only imagine how long it will take to drive this route when all the ART plans are completed.

It was a sunny day, Saturday May 13th at 1:14 p.m. I’m on Coors getting ready to drive east on Central to see what’s happening on the ART project trail. My odometer reads 129,686. Of note, my car is an automatic with air conditioning.

I’m in line at the red light. I don’t make it through the first read light. I get through the second red light.

@ 1:20 Yucca stop for first of two red lights

@1:28 Atrisco for first of two red lights

@1:38 Rio Grande red light

@1:42 10th St. red light

Signage: May 15th work delay 8th Street

@1:44 6th St. red light

@1:46 2nd St. red light

@ 1:49 I-25 cross over red light

@ 1:50 University first of two red lights

Signage: Starting May 15th no left turns on Yale and Stanford

@ 1:56 Yale red light

@2:00 Carlisle red light

@2:04 San Mateo red light

@ 2:05 Alvarado red light

@ 2:07 San Pedro red light

@ 2:09 Louisiana red light

@ 2:12 Turned south on Louisiana

Odometer read 129,695.

It’s hard to imagine a tourist driving Route 66 through Albuquerque, let alone residents who will be impeded from getting from one side of Central to the other side. Could be a lot of backed up traffic.

It felt like a loss of memory, a memory I will no longer travel.

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  • Alicia
    June 21, 2017, 1:05 pm

    It’s very sad all the mistakes Albuquerque continues to make.
    The city is falling and it seems there is no one to stop it. Our officials have a vision but it is very, very flawed.
    Huge waste of money that could have been invested in many ways that would actually benefit the people, this ART is not one of them. Wake up and listen! This is not weekday Albuquerque needs nor wants.
    The locals don’t want to take central anymore, neither are our tourist.
    Just disappointing.

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  • Gary
    June 22, 2017, 3:38 am

    Jeff Bezos must be behind ART. /hyperbole off.

    In the context of online sales overtaking brick & mortar, it makes no sense to make the brick & mortar shopping even less appealing with a boondoggle like ART.

    Instead of spending a few minutes shopping on line, I’m supposed to waste time driving to a city parking lot only to risk my car getting ransacked while I’m away burning hours of time hassling with a bus? And in the process lug my purchases around with me on buses filled with drunks & thieves?

    Sounds like a plan! Pure genius! /sarc

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  • Gary
    June 22, 2017, 3:39 am

    Jeff Bezos must be behind ART. /hyperbole off.

    In the context of online sales overtaking brick & mortar, it makes no sense to make the brick & mortar shopping even less appealing with a boondoggle like ART.

    Instead of spending a few minutes shopping on line, I’m supposed to waste time driving to a city parking lot only to risk my car getting ransacked while I’m away burning hours of time hassling with a bus? And in the process lug my purchases around with me on buses filled with drunks & thieves?

    Sounds like a plan! Pure genius! /sarc

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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