Albuquerque opens first US Gold Standard BRT - Cities Today - Connecting the world's urban leaders

The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico has launched the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the United States, achieving a gold standard designation from the ITDP for design, with a separate score on operations to be determined after six months.

Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) is also the first BRT system in the US to use electric buses with doors on both sides. It runs along Central Avenue, the city’s main street, and a decommissioned section of the famed Route 66 highway. Central Avenue connects several historic and walkable neighbourhoods.

Albuquerque Rapid Transit is owned and operated by the city’s transit department, ABQ RIDE. It is the first form of transit in the city of 560,000 to use a dedicated guide way. The project has a projected cost of US$133.6 million, with US$75 million from the Federal Transit Administration. The corridor has brought new construction jobs to Albuquerque and already generated over US$300 million worth of investments along the corridor.

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