ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (MRCOG) -- The New Mexico Chapter of the Urban Land Institute hosted "Arriving by ART" on March 5th to showcase how placemaking unlocks the potential of transit-oriented-design to accelerate new development in the urban core.
Over 50 developers, architects, and public officials filled two ART buses from One Central to the De Anza, and back through Nob Hill Place to the Country Club Plaza.
“This event was about turning the story from a dozen fender benders to celebrating how a public investment of $130 million activated over $500 million in private development along the historic Central Avenue corridor,” noted Todd Clarke, ULI NM programs chair. “ART opens up new, innovative lifestyle choices for all New Mexicans.”
Attendees learned that public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car and the chance of being involved in a crash is reduced by 90 percent when commuters switch from driving to transit.
Rapid transit, urban development, and an innovation economy also anchor Albuquerque’s strategy to attract and retain millennials in the region. Public transportation allows young professionals to work as they travel, a trend noted by 40 percent of those polled by the Urban Land Institute.
In 2013, the Urban Land Institute New Mexico first toured BRT systems in peer cities but members wondered if dedicated bus lanes would have the same positive impact along Albuquerque’s historic Route 66. “New construction was challenging after the recession,” said Jay Rembe, developer of the Country Club Plaza, who found that rethinking roadways for pedestrians and transit has become “really great for our community.”
The Mid-Region Council of Governments is a member of the
Urban Land Institute New Mexico
. The most recent Socioeconomic forecasts by the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization indicate or point toward continued growth along the Central Avenue corridor over the 20-year planning horizon. Multi-modal placemaking strategies are a key priority of the Final Draft Connections 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The
nal Draft MTP is available for public comment
through April 8th.