The UNM / CNM / Sunport corridor is the state’s biggest activity center with more than 75,000 people coming to this area every day, and another 20,000 living nearby. The project team will examine potential Bus Rapid Transit features and will also recommend land use and parking policies that would support transit use, walking, and biking in the area.
Study Nearing First FTA Submittal - Seeking Public Comment
The UNM / CNM / Sunport Transit Study is nearing another milestone, as the project team prepares to submit a Request to Enter Project Development to the Federal Transit Administration. If approved, the request would allow the project to go through environmental review, design, and engineering. Approval would also make the project eligible for (though does not guarantee) federal funding within several years.
The UNM / CNM / Sunport Draft Locally Preferred Alternative was released in September 2013, as shown in the map to the right. The proposed route would run primarily down University Boulevard from Menaul to Avenida Cesar Chavez, where it would zig east to Yale and south to the Sunport. Most of this route would consist of bus-only lanes to bypass traffic congestion and improve travel times.
Alternatively, if the existing UNM South park-and-ride lot could be relocated from Avenida Cesar Chavez to University, the route would follow University all the way to Gibson, as shown by the dashed line. The southern end of University Boulevard has more economic development opportunities and would provide better service to UNM South Campus. For full details, visit our Locally Preferred Alternatives page.