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UrbanABQ is the brainchild of Tim T. and Dan M., two dedicated urbanists from Albuquerque, NM. They have both traveled extensively, observing the good, the bad and the ugly sides of urban form and development. Together, with help from many community members, they are developing a vision for a stronger and better Albuquerque, an UrbanABQ.

Next 5 Steps for Creating a Transit System in Albuquerque

– And Why They Are Critical to the Future of Our City

By the Urban ABQ Communications and Outreach Committee

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A rapid transit network should connect our regional job centers

Despite multiple years of job growth, Albuquerque is still lagging behind our peer cities when it comes to our local economy.

From Houston to Denver to Phoenix to Los Angeles, cities in our region and across the country, cities with fast growing economies, are investing in regional rapid transit networks. They are doing much more than building single lines or projects. Instead, they are creating networks to connect their job centers.

An effective public transportation system can help our city, making Albuquerque work for the businesses and people who are here now, and for those that might want to join us in the future. For all its controversies, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit is an important first step towards building the transit system of the future.

Transit systems should, fundamentally, increase access to the city for the people within it. There are many ways to increase access to services, one of which is changing land use, something our recently updated zoning code and comprehensive plan attempts to address. However, changing land use takes a long time. If we want to quickly connect more people in Albuquerque to more opportunities, creating a transit network is essential. Of course, there are many other major benefits to creating a transit network, including a fast track towards cleaner air and less pollution.

In short, construction on Central is complete. Soon, clean quiet all-electric buses will arrive, and rapid transit service on Central between Unser, Tramway and Uptown will begin.

It is time to start thinking about the Future of Transit in ABQ

According to various reports and studies, the Next 5 Steps for improving the transit system in Albuquerque should be:
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Car Share Can Save City of Albuquerque Money While Making It a Better Place to Live

By Will Maus
Edited by the Urban ABQ Communications and Outreach Committee

Editor’s note: At the Citywide Summit on Nov 18th, many amazing ideas for shaping the future of urban Albuquerque were suggested and discussed. One idea which emerged was a proposal for car sharing in Albuquerque. Below is a detailed 20 year plan for car sharing in Albuquerque. If you’re interested in this issue, click here to follow “NM Car Share” on Facebook! 

Car Sharing in Albuquerque: Why Should We Care?

Conventional vehicle ownership as we know it is rather uneconomical. A car, truck, or SUV is the largest or second largest asset most people have, and it sits unused 96% of its life, depreciating, with an average annual cost in the high four figures. Combined with all the other alternative transportation modes (e.g. transit, ride sharing, biking, walking, etc.) car sharing offers a credible, economical substitute to private car ownership.

This image outlines many of the benefits fo car sharing. Car sharing provides short term access to a vehicle in your neighborhood without having to own a vehicle.

Car share members can forego all the pitfalls of car ownership while having convenient access to a broad fleet of vehicles. Discrete quarter-hour pricing leads to discrete use of vehicles, encouraging efficient use and saving members dollars they can spend locally, instead of sending to out-of-state carmakers and oil companies. Safe, well-maintained, insured vehicles displace older, less safe, less fuel-efficient, often uninsured vehicles- and at a rate of one shared car to perhaps a dozen private cars, free up hundreds of square feet of parking.

Car share vehicles typically have designated parking spaces in cities. A collection of these parking spaces is sometimes called a “pod”.

Car share vehicles get high levels of use and are more likely to be run while warm, therefore emitting less air pollution. Plus, car sharing can introduce extremely efficient vehicles in substantial numbers, often offering members the chance to grow familiar with new technology – as in hybrid and battery-power – without the risk of purchase.

Moving Car Sharing Forward in Albuquerque: What We’ve Done So Far

Smart phones or key fobs are typically used to unlock the vehicles, allowing customers to easily and quickly access them.

At the Citywide Summit, we floated the topic of developing car sharing to its fullest potential in our region. That became the basis for a collaborative push to evaluate the region’s institutional fleet needs and to see how combining them along with public use can create the critical mass of members needed for effective car sharing, while saving scarce budget dollars and offering a new level of accountability of asset use.

We had a meeting in early December 2017 attended by stakeholders from the City of Albuquerque, City Council, Bernalillo County, UNM, Mid- Region Council of Governments, and ABQ Ride. We heard from car sharing veterans in Boulder and Philadelphia about growing car sharing while saving millions of dollars of vehicle expense.

Click here to watch that meeting.  

Car Sharing in Albuquerque: A 20 Year Plan

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A Bright Future for Urban Albuquerque – 2017 In Review

Published by the Urban ABQ Communications and Outreach Committee

Looking back, 2017 was a busy year for Urban ABQ. Over 250 people shaped our many events- and if you were one of those people, we thank you for your time, energy, volunteerism and dedication! Click the following links to learn more about/review the 3 major events we led this year:

Saturday, August 5th (30+ attendees): A Day of Action – the Future of Urban Albuquerque

Wednesday, September 13th (100+ attendees): Conversations with the City of Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates

Saturday, November 18th (150+ attendees) – Citywide Summit – Shape the Future of Urban Albuquerque


We hosted these events so that we could engage people in Albuquerque around a question:
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Do You Want to Shape the Future of Urban Albuquerque?

Updated: Nov 3

Click here to register for the Citywide Summit on Nov 18th!

Click here to see the invitation to the Citywide Summit on Nov 18th, in English and Español!

Click here to see the Facebook event! 

Share on social media using this hashtag – #ABQsummit

It started with an invitation. On Saturday, August 5th, people gathered for a community Action Forum. They worked together throughout the day and generated 8 broad topic areas that they wanted to focus on in order to improve urban Albuquerque:

Public Health & Poverty; Local Economy; Housing & Zoning; Public Safety & Crime; Active Transportation & Safety; Vision for the Central Corridor; Environment & Urban Resources;  Community Engagement & Communications

This gathering lead to a second invitation.

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UrbanABQ Presents… Conversations with the Candidates

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our first ever Action Forum on Saturday, August 5th! We had many great conversations and if you missed them, or want to get a refresher on what we talked about, CLICK HERE to read all of the notes. Feel free to comment on them too!

Out of the collaborative conversations at our Action Forum emerged a concept for our Mayoral Forum – “Conversations with the Candidates: A Fast-Paced Forum with Albuquerque’s 2017 Mayoral Candidates”

WHEN: September 13th, 6-8 PM
The Hotel Blue – 717 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

CLICK HERE to see the Facebook event for the forum

Details on our mayoral candidate forum are as follows (skip to the bottom to see the flyer):

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