ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It may be one of the best impossible ideas New Mexicans will hear, in the form of an irresistible image.
Over the weekend, local web designer Ben Byrne posted an unusual map of Albuquerque.
"It just started out just as fun, as very tongue in cheek like, 'Ha wouldn't it be crazy if Albuquerque had a subway?'" Byrne said.
So he created a subway map of the city with six rail lines connecting the entire metro area.
The proposal includes a "red line" that would run from Double Eagle Airport to Mesa del Sol, stopping through Downtown, UNM and the Sunport.
A "yellow line" would be a loop with stops at Cottonwood Mall, Old Town, Balloon Fiesta Park and University Stadium.
Trains would run out to Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Corrales and Ventana Ranch. North-South routes would include a subway along Coors Boulevard and Louisiana. East-West routes include Paseo del Norte, Central and Gibson.
It's not all serious. The "blue line" would stop at an IHOP station, marking an IHOP near Coors and I-40.
"I think all of them would be cool," Albuquerque resident Robert Serna said. "I think it would be a good thing to do,"
"I like it, I like that you can access the whole city and there's different routes to go all over town," said Jarrid King when shown the map.
City transit spokesperson Rick De Reyes says he and department director Bruce Rizzieri have seen the map and appreciate the tongue-in-cheek nature.
But as far as making it a reality, De Reyes says there's a few problems with that.
First off there would be a cost likely in the tens of billions of dollars. Then there's the decades worth of planning and construction necessary and the simple fact that the Albuquerque metro area doesn't have a population base that could likely support such a system.
"There's so many hurdles to a subway it would really be almost impossible," De Reyes said.
Byrne gets that. He posted a disclaimer on the map saying "Albuquerque will never actually have a subway."
If the map is popular enough, Byrne says he might sell it.
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