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Some navigation changes will come with ART

Kassi Nelson
November 17, 2017 10:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If you drive in Albuquerque, chances are you know orange cones and barrels well. That's especially true if your route includes Central Avenue.

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With Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction nearing completion, some segments of the road are now clearing up, buses are training, and drivers need to be extra cautious. There are changes along the Central corridor that motorists should keep in mind.

The double white lines with rumble strips should never be crossed. They indicate an ART bus-only lane. It’s illegal to make a turn from a side street, crossing over that designated bus lane. Drivers can make left turns and U-turns at one of 41 stoplights on the route.

That’s a big change from the past, but an ART spokesperson said it shouldn’t affect traffic flow. It means some drivers may need to make adjustments to their route.

"Sometimes I had to make U-turns to get through Central so I would have to make left turns. So that might be a bother to take a longer route, so I might have to get used to it,” driver Julian Baca said. “But in time everyone will have to get used to it."

It’s not only a matter of avoiding a traffic ticket but also getting to where you’re going safely.

Ticketing services to board rapid transit buses are expected to begin in early 2018.

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