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ABQ RIDE Considers Route And Schedule Changes

ABQ RIDE Considers Route And Schedule Changes

One proposed change would create a Downtown modified free fare zone.

ABQ RIDE is considering proposed changes for some routes and schedules. These changes cover routes that need enhanced service or are underperforming.

One proposed change would create a Downtown modified free fare zone, which would increase the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and workers could use for free for short trips. The expanded Downtown service includes Bridge / Cesar Chavez, 8th Street, Lomas, and 2nd Street. This change increase in service would allow the current resources of the Route #40-D-Ride to be more effectively utilized.

ABQ RIDE is proposing to utilize those resources towards service improvements for routes #36-12th St. / Rio Grande, #1-Juan Tabo, #50-Airport / Downtown, #141-San Mateo, #5-Montgomery / Carlisle and #155-Coors. Another proposal would change the Downtown routing of the #8-Menaul bus and #36-Rio Grande bus to provide service on portions of the current D-Ride route.

The changes, if implemented, would start Nov. 2017.

Additions

Downtown Modified Free Fare Zone

Increasing the number of routes and buses that Downtown residents and workers could use for free short trips in an expanded Downtown service area.

Rt. 36 12th St. / Rio Grande Blvd.

Weekdays  Currently Rt. 36 makes a large one-way loop. The proposal is to institute service in the opposite direction so both directions would have 60-minute frequency.

Rt. 1 Juan Tabo

Weekdays  Currently the service frequency on Rt. 1 is 70 minutes during the mid-day  9:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. The proposal is to increase frequency to 35-40 minutes, which will nearly double mid-day service.

Rt. 50 Airport / Downtown

Currently, there is no bus service on Martin Luther King, Yale, or to the Sunport on Sundays. The proposal is to add service from 9:15 a.m. to 5:55 p.m., with frequency of 60-70 minutes.

Rt. 141  San Mateo

Rt. 141 is the most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays and Sundays. The proposal is to add more weekend service.

Saturdays  add one earlier Northbound trip (6:18 a.m.), add one later Northbound trip (8:50 p.m.), and add two later Southbound trips (9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

Sundays  increase frequency from 40 minutes to 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rt. 5  Montgomery / Carlisle / Lomas

Rt. 5 is the third most productive ABQ RIDE route (riders-per-revenue hour) on Saturdays. The proposal is to add one earlier trip in each direction (7:40 a.m. Eastbound and 7:25 a.m. Westbound) and two later Eastbound trips (6:20 p.m. and 7 p.m.).

Rt. 155  Coors

Sundays  The proposal is to add one earlier Northbound trip (9:15 a.m.) and one later Southbound trip (4:54 p.m.).

Route Modifications

Rt. 8  Menaul & Rt. 36 – 12th St. / Rio Grande Blvd.

All Days The proposal is to change downtown routing to use 5th St., Silver Ave., 2nd St., and Gold Ave. to and from the ATC instead of Lomas Blvd. and 2nd St.

Reallocation

Rt. 40  D-RIDE

Weekdays  The proposal is to reallocate these service hours to other routes and create a Downtown modified free fare zone with an expanded area for modified free service. Two other routes would be adjusted to provide service on the portion of the D-Ride route not already overlapping other routes.

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  • DebbyS
    August 17, 2017, 7:41 pm

    Some of these ideas actually make sense and could be helpful! All right, who kidnapped the board members and replaced them with actual bus riders in disguise? I hope no one finds out and rescues the "real" board members. Now for the "fakes" to add more weekend service on Lomas, Menaul and other routes that feature shopping venues. I enjoy shopping on weekends and dislike missing buses or finding out a bus has broken down and I have to wait ~40 minutes for the next one… (one time, on a Sunday, dispatch apparently didn’t believe the driver about his sick 11/Lomas bus, so I didn’t get to where I wanted to go; I wound up walking to Central and catching a bus home instead).

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  • DebbyS
    August 17, 2017, 7:42 pm

    I forgot to add that if I zoom my screen to 250%, I can mostly read the tiny gray font that is so popular with this website’s webmaster.

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