courtesy of MRCOG

Is there a better way to move people around within the UNM area? That's one of the questions a new transit study, sponsored by the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), hopes to answer. MRCOG will conduct a public meeting to begin gathering input Monday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Heights Community Center Dance Hall located at 823 Buena Vista Drive SE.

The meeting will include an overview of the expected two year study and an introduction to the consultant and study teams. That will be followed by an open house to hear feedback from the public on travel experiences in the area.

The goal of the study is to identify a transit system that will improve accessibility to and mobility within the area that best meets the current and future travel needs. The study will also identify features of land use, parking, housing and business activities that can support the transit system and the interests of residents, institutions, businesses and visitors to the area.

The area around UNM, Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque International Sunport is the largest activity center in the region. It attracts around 74,000 employees and students a day, along with an additional one million annual health care patient visits. In addition, planned development at UNM's Health Sciences Center, and commercial development may add to the congestion.

This study is expected to particularly examine North/South transit connections that link important destinations.  The $850,000 study is funded from federal grants and local matching funds. 

For more information, contact Caeri Thomas (505) 247-1750 or email,