Meetings explore bus rapid transitMay 7th, 2013 at 1:45 pm by Bill Diven under Community Affairs
A series of meetings to gather comments and ideas on bus rapid transit in Albuquerque begins tonight and continues through the end of the month.
This is the second round of sessions after meetings in November and December came up with ideas for passenger convenience that included:
- Boarding platforms level with the floor of the bus, easing and speeding the boarding process.
- Off-bus fare collection enabling riders to purchase tickets outside the bus, reducing waiting time to get on the bus.
- A smart signal system, allowing buses to communicate with traffic signals and reducing delays.
Now the process is looking at two basic alternatives for setting up a system with the existing confines of Central Avenue. Among those issues are configuring dedicated bus lanes and the considerations that go into selecting good stations locations.
The schedule of public meetings is:
- Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Old Main Library – Special Collections, Botts Hall – 423 Central NE
- Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Mesa Verde Community Center – 7900 Marquette NE
- Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Loma Linda Community Center – 1700 Yale SE
- Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center – 501 Elizabeth SE
- Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Alamosa Community Center– 6900 Gonzales Rd SW
- Wednesday, May 29, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. :Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Ventana Salon – 2000 Mountain NW