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ABQ to hold meetings on bus rapid transit

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The city of Albuquerque’s transit department, ABQ RIDE, will kick off the second round of public input meetings on Bus Rapid Transit service along Central Avenue from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Old Main Library — Special Collections, Botts Hall, 423 Central Ave. NE, ABQ RIDE said in a news release.

The proposed Bus Rapid Transit service would be a cheaper alternative to a light rail system, city officials have said.

“We hope to see you at one of these meetings, because we value your input into Albuquerque’s transit future,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said in the release. “Because Central Avenue commands almost half of Transit’s ridership, ABQ RIDE is trying to find the best way to provide more timely service on Central.”

The first round of public meetings, held in November and December last year, city staff and members of the public discussed several topics, including boarding platforms level with the floor of the bus, easing and speeding the boarding process; off-bus fare collection allowing riders to buy tickets outside the bus, reducing wait times for boarding the bus; and instituting a smart signal system, allowing buses to communicate with traffic signals and reduce delays.

In the second round of meetings, the city will present two alternatives for how Bus Rapid Transit could be constructed along Central within existing curb lines, the release said.

The schedule for additional second-round meetings is as follows:

Wednesday, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Mesa Verde Community Center – 7900 Marquette NE, 87108

Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Loma Linda Community Center – 1700 Yale SE, 87106

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center – 501 Elizabeth SE, 87123-2887

Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Alamosa Community Center– 6900 Gonzales Rd SW, 87121

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. :Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Ventana Salon – 2000 Mountain NW, 87104

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