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Public Transit Use Booming in Albuquerque

people-boarding-trainAccording to a national study released in December 2013, Albuquerque is among the top cities showing an increase in use of public transportation. “Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America’s Biggest Cities*” ranked Albuquerque number 3 out of 100 urbanized areas with the largest increase in passenger miles traveled per capita using public transit.

Authors of the study found that Albuquerque had a 288% increase in public transit use per capita from 2005 to 2010. The increase is due, in part, to the opening of new transit routes and lines, including the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

“Americans transportation habits have changed. The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per capita driving peaked in 2004,” the study said.

Additional Ranking Information

The same study looked at vehicle miles traveled, transportation to work and households with automobiles. Here is how Albuquerque ranked in those areas.

  • 288% - increase in passenger miles traveled per capita on public transit from 2005-2010
  • -5.9% - change in vehicle miles traveled per capita from 2006-2011
  • 43.2% - change in passenger transit trips per capita from 2005-2010
  • -3.4% - change in number of households with 2+ vehicles from 2006-2011

View the Transportation in Transition Study >>

*The study was compiled by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group. The groups analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau.  

Long Range Transportation Planning in Albuquerque

The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, located in Albuquerque, is currently working on the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The 2040 MTP will be the region's long-range transportation plan and will include projections and forecasts of what Albuquerque's metropolitan area will look like in 20+ years from now in terms of population, employment, housing, number of vehicles on roadways, and more.

abq-ride-busThe plan looks at and responds to the following issues:

  • Projected population and employment growth
  • How to accommodate future travel demand
  • Issues related to transportation (e.g. air quality, freight, changing demographics, safety, health)
  • The different ways we can grow and ideally thrive as a region through alternative growth scenarios

Learn More About Futures 2040 >>

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