– By Leila Salim, Michael Vos, Dan Majewski and other members of the UrbanABQ team
March 17, 2016
On Monday, March 21, beginning at 5 PM, there will be a City Council vote on Albuquerque Rapid Transit.
We have been told that this could be the vote that makes or breaks the project. We have also been told that City Council has been receiving primarily negative feedback on the project.
This is our deciding moment.
Have you been sitting on the sidelines? Have you been unable to attend meetings or unable to articulate your support for the project?
Make your voice heard!
Below is a letter we have created that you can COPY + PASTE + SEND to your city councilor.
Below the letter, we have included a map of Albuquerque City Council districts and email addresses for each of the councilors. Don’t live in the City? That’s ok! Pick the district closest to where you live and send something to that councilor.
Please share this with your friends and thanks for your support!
I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the proposed Albuquerque Rapid Transit (A.R.T.) project.
Albuquerque is a growing metropolis on the verge of reaching a million people. While it may seem tolerable for now, if we do nothing, our sprawling growth and car-centered design will soon catch up to us, both environmentally and economically. A.R.T. can begin a shift in our city to a more flexible and equitable transportation system that brings more choices between modes and opportunities for getting around.
Despite the vocal opposition to A.R.T., there are many of us who support this project. Investing in better transit and pedestrian friendly spaces will make Central Avenue more attractive for new businesses and residents. To be able to accomplish this with significant help from the Federal government is tremendous, and the opportunity to bring $4.30 back to Albuquerque for every dollar of local investment in this project is something we must not pass up.
I urge you to authorize the funding and construction of A.R.T.
Albuquerque City Council District Map
Below are email addresses for councilors and their policy analysts. We recommend you email both the councilor and their policy analyst.
Districts with * are districts on or along Central Avenue. For more information about council, here is a link to their full website.
Contact information for Councilors:
*District 9 – Don Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Analyst – Dawn Marie Emillio: <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”firstname.lastname@example.org