ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Data shows ridership on two major city bus routes that zoom right through Central has slowly dropped.
Bus Routes 766 and 66 run along the Central corridor, just like the future Albuquerque Rapid Transit.
“We’ve had a small down turn in ridership each year,” said Rick DeReyes with ABQ RIDE.
Data shows in the 2012 fiscal year, more than 4 million people rode the two routes. But looking at the 2015 fiscal year, the city has lost more than 300,000 riders over the years.
DeReyes said the city is not concerned with ridership not really growing because they know the cause.
“Now that gasoline prices have been down below the $2.50 market, close to a $1.90, $1.80 for the past couple of years, we’ve seen our ridership go down slightly,” said DeReyes.
In December, DeReyes said the city even did a study comparing Albuquerque to other cities like Tucson and El Paso and they also saw a decline in ridership, citing gas prices.
“We know that the ridership will be going up, especially on ART,” said DeReyes.
DeReyes said ART will be fast and efficient, getting people places quicker while avoiding traffic.
“They’ll be needing transportation and in a hurry and ART can provide that,” said DeReyes.
When KRQE News 13 asked people who currently don’t ride the bus if they’ll give ART a try, it was mixed responses.
“No not at all, probably not,” said one person.
“If it was faster and more convenient, yeah, why not,” said another person.