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Note: Journalism in Albuquerque, and possibly America, is now substantially dead. The simple fact is that very few people actually read newspapers anymore for actual news stories. The Albuquerque Journal devoted just 415 words to one of the most important BRT / ART Project stories of the year without even mentioning the very obvious BRT/ART Project connection.

The incredible coincidence is that the Desert Sands Motel is located exactly opposite where all the entry and exit lanes have been substantially blocked by ART Project cones, signs, and barricades for two very long weeks – and as a result very long, often unbroken, lines of chaotic merging traffic has  impacted potential motel revenue. A seven car accident occurred later this same day not 150 feet beyond where the motel fire occurred.

The key sentences are stated below:

AFD Spokesperson Melissa Romero.

AFD Spokesperson Melissa Romero.

“Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire but don’t yet know what sparked it, according to Melissa Romero (of the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD)). Some residents reported hearing an explosion, but Romero said she wasn’t aware of any explosions that may have occurred.”

It is so very sad.

May 25, 2016 – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Desert Sands Motel

John Hayden was asleep in his Southeast Albuquerque motel room when he heard frantic yelling around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“I heard screaming: ‘Fire, fire, fire, get out!’ ” he said in an interview Tuesday. “I could see the bathroom light flickering. I threw a few things in my suitcase and just ran out the door.”

Once he got outside, he saw a large section of the seedy but iconic Desert Sands Motel was in flames.

Night fires are not forgettable things.

Night fires are not forgettable things.

“One door down the fire was blazing like a son of a gun. And I could feel the heat tremendously,” he said.

It took more than 60 firefighters hours to knock down the flames, which gutted the west upper level section of the motel and made the rest of it uninhabitable. Twenty-two fire trucks and vehicles responded.

Hayden was one of 57 residents – some of whom have been staying there months – displaced by the fire. Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Albuquerque Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said.


winthrop quigley promotes the mayor and “art”

“Albuquerque evolving into a ‘3.0 city’”

Email: wquigley@abqjournal.com

In a front page Albuquerque Journal article today business writer Winthrop Quigley used Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, California, to push forward the alleged virtues of the local BRT / ART Project proposed for Albuquerque.

“Though many citizens oppose it, if the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus system works, it will connect city centers, each with a unique identity, and produce the kind of streetscapes that stimulate commerce and civic life.” – Quigley

What Mr. Quigley failed to point out in his article is that Kevin Johnson is first and foremost a player for the NBA, which is mostly about the on-court sport of basketball. And, of course, being a great basketball player is always a great ticket to become Mayor in a great basketball town like Sacramento.

To his credit, Mr. Quigley used the word “If.” And “if” Mr. Johnson knew anything about Central Avenue in Albuquerque, anything about the proposed BRT / ART Project, or if he had ever even read the BRT document about BRT in Sacramento, he would have clearly stated that “ART” in Albuquerque could not possibly work.

He didn’t, because he doesn’t.

But you can read what neither Mr. Quigley, nor Mr. Johnson, apparently ever read. It’s HERE. The link is to a PDF file that on page #2, item 5, sums up the BRT situation very nicely. I quote:

  • 5. The design standard for right-of-way for BRT travel lanes shall be a minimum of 12.5 feet for each travel lane, or 25 feet for two lanes. Right-of-way width for two-travel lanes and station area shall be 40 feet with a length of 200 feet. The 40-foot width would accommodate two 12.5-foot wide lanes and a 15-foot wide station.

Compare that to the Walter Streetbus loading platform” proposed for the ART Project. At Walter Street, and for virtually all of the project in Albuquerque, the proposal is for 10.5 or 11.0 foot wide travel lanes – often a full two feet short of the Sacramento plan. In fact Sacramento calls for lane widths exactly the width of what most of Central Avenue has now, but would lose with ART.

Even "San Berdo" California has wider stations.

Even “San Berdo” California has wider stations.

The next obvious situation is “a 15-foot wide station.” Walter Street, and most other ART “station” locations are designed for 12-foot wide platforms or stations – three feet narrower than the City of Sacramento minimum. And in Sacramento, stations would be 200′ long, not the “100 foot” stations and platforms designed for Albuquerque.

The reason for 200′ stations is so that the off-board fare machines (“information kiosks”) can be located away from the actual BRT bus boarding areas and the off-boarding areas.

It appears that Mr. Quigley is just the “point guard” for Mayor Berry. I would suggest better research and a new game plan.


April 27, 2016, second LUCC Legal Notice re: "bus platform."

April 27, 2016, second LUCC Legal Notice re: “bus platform.”

This Legal Notice was published in the Albuquerque Journal on April 27, 2016, for the City of Albuquerque Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission (LUCC) Hearing proposed for May 11, 2016:


Notice is hereby given that the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Basement Hearing Room, Plaza del Sol building, 600 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM. Public comments are welcome. Copies of the applications may be examined on the third floor of the Plaza del Sol building, 600 2nd St. NW.

Project # 1010802
Application for Certificate of Appropriateness Elliot Treveston Agent for CTB Development requests approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction at 509 and 511 High street SE, described as Lot 3A and 3B, Block 30, Huning Highlands addition. (K-14)

Project # 1010796
Application for Certificate of Appropriateness City of Albuquerque Transit Department requests approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness for alterations and construction of a bus loading platform for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project in Public Right-of-way on Central Ave. between Union Square (John St.) and Locust Streets in the Huning Highland-East Downtown Urban Conservation Overlay Zone. (K-14 & K-15).

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INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES who need special assistance to participate at this hearing should contact Alfredo Salas, Planning Department, at 924-3370 (VOICE) or TTY users may access the voice number via the New Mexico Relay Network by calling 1-800-659-8331.

James Clark, Chair, Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission

APPROVED: Maryellen Hennessy, Senior Planner, Landmarks and Urban Conservation
Journal: April 27, 2016

The only “site map” for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) Project subject project area is HERE.


Albuquerque Journal article can be read HERE.



LUCC improper Legal Notice for April 13, 2016, Hearing

LUCC improper Legal Notice for April 13, 2016, Hearing

The above (improper) Legal Notice was published on March 29, 2016, for the City of Albuquerque Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission (LUCC) Hearing convened on April 13, 2016.