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ABQ Public Transportation And The Rapid Transit Plan

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Rendering of proposed transit station at Washington and Central

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/11 8a: The city of Albuquerque was approved for a federal grant to build a rapid transit bus system down Central Avenue. The city would also borrow $13 million to fund the project. The design would create a center lane along the corridor for buses running every 7 to 8 minutes.

Advocates say it would transform Albuquerque by bringing more investment, housing and business activity along Central. One study argues it will bring more business to Nob Hill as well. But opponents argue it will hurt businesses suffering from the ongoing recession, increase congestion and could harm historic Route 66.  Some people are saying the funds would be better spent elsewhere to leverage the city's existing strengths.

What do you think? Do we need a massive redesign for our transit system? Do you like the bus system now? Would you ditch your car for a new mass transit system if it was more convenient?

We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org or call in live during the show.

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Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.