Design Our Streets Meeting Schedule

Thursday, March 3, 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Walkable Neighborhoods = Economic Development
Hotel Parq Central, 806 Central Ave SE
Presentation followed by social hour

Thursday, March 10, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
EDo Complete Streets Public Charrette
Bott’s Hall/City Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave NE
9:00-9:30 AM:  Introduction and Agenda
9:30  – 10:30 AM:  Walk Central Avenue and Broadway Boulevard
(will establish clearly the need for complete streets for economic development)
10:30 AM – Noon:  Begin individual property owner discussions with design team.
11:00 – 11:30 AM:  Requested changes to Broadway, Copper, and Tijeras
11:30 AM – Noon:  Construction scheduling, signage, business assistance
Noon – 1:00 PM:  Lunch break, design team continues working
1:00 – 1:30 PM:  Bus operations and bus shelters on Central and Broadway other than ART
1:30 – 2:00 PM:  New test striping on Lead and Coal to reduce design speed to 30 mph
2:00 – 2:30 PM:  Signalization changes for complete streets
2:30 – 3:00 PM:  Requested changes to ART design
3:00 – 3:30 PM:  Pocket park at Central & Edith Library site
3:30 – 4:00 PM:  Modifications to neighborhood parking permit program
4:00 – 4:30 PM:  Infrastructure upgrades, underpasses, MLK plans
4:30 – 5:00 PM:  Final Presentation of the Day’s Work
The EDo and Huning Highland Neighborhood Associations are sponsoring the public charrette.
All citizens and interested parties are invited.

The goal of the charrette is to finalize a design for Central Avenue as a “Complete Street” under the City’s ordinance.

For more information about City policies that govern the charrette:
EDo Masterplan
Albuquerque Complete Streets Ordinance

     With the recent announcement that $69 million in Federal transportation funds are in the President’s budget request for next fiscal year, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project is moving forward toward construction start, possibly as soon as May 2016. The proposed project is an 11-mile line on Central Avenue from Tramway west to Coors, with stops every 1/4 to 1/2 mile.
     Benefits of ART over traditional buses include level-floor boarding, off-board fare payment, and dedicated lanes.
     EDo and Huning Highlands support ART, with conditions. Those conditions relate to some design details that could make a significant difference in whether ART benefits our 1/2-mile section of the project, or burdens it. Those conditions are outlined in detail in a September 29, 2015 letter to ABQ Ride.
     This is an opportunity to make Central Avenue an innovative corridor where citizens can live, work, walk, shop, and play, and where walking, cycling, riding transit, and driving are safe, enjoyable, and efficient.
     Transit is about developing economically strong neighborhoods as much or more than about just moving people. Build economically strong neighborhoods, centered around the pedestrian experience, and the transit system will build great ridership.