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Trump’s visit shifts bus service, school start times

Cars line up to enter the Trump rally at the Santa Ana Star Center on Monday. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Donald Trump’s visit to Rio Rancho has already forced Albuquerque city and Bernalillo County government to clear their Downtown Albuquerque buildings early on Monday.

It has also now shifted bus service in and around Downtown Albuquerque and will prompt delayed start times at the city of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and at some Downtown Albuquerque schools on Tuesday.

While Trump’s official speaking engagement is in Rio Rancho on Monday night, he is expected to spend the night in the Metro before heading to California on Tuesday. There has been no official word on where the president will be staying, but the Secret Service asked city and county officials to clear out the city county building in Downtown Albuquerque early on Monday, and the city and county won’t resume normal operations until 10 a.m. Tuesday.

ABQ RIDE says it began detouring more than a dozen of its routes at 3 p.m. and the changes will continue through “midmorning” Tuesday.

The affected routes include but are not limited to, the Rapid Ride Blue Line, which travels between the West Side to the University of New Mexico, and those that serve the Montgomery/Carlisle, Lomas, Menaul, North 4th Street, Broadway/University/Gibson corridors, as well as several commuter lines.

Some of the busiest routes — including the No. 66 on Central and the No. 766 Rapid Ride Red Line — are expected to maintain normal service , but “could be placed on a rolling detour if necessary,” the city said in an announcement.

The Transit Department also cautioned that Downtown detours could mean buses continue running behind through Tuesday morning.

For specific details on the detours, visit ABQRIDE’s website.

Four schools around Downtown Albuquerque are also set to open late due to anticipated traffic issues as President Trump departs the city early Tuesday morning.

Albuquerque Public Schools is putting Washington Middle School, Lew Wallace Elementary School, Coronado Elementary Schools and Lonfellow Elementary School on a two-hour delay.

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