ALBUQUERQUE— ABQ RIDE’s routes on Central Avenue between University and San Mateo will be detouring all day Saturday, July 20. This is to accommodate the annual Route 66 Summerfest in Nob Hill.
Starting at 6 a.m., Central Ave will be shutdown to all car and bus traffic between University and Washington. This is to support pedestrian traffic for Summerfest. The area will stay closed to traffic until 11:30 p.m.
The closure means three ABQ RIDE bus routes that utilize Central , the #766-Rapid Ride/Red Line, the #777-Rapid Ride/Green Line and the #66-Central will be on detour throughout the day. Eastbound buses along Central will go north on University, then east on Lomas, south on San Mateo, then back to Central for the remainder of their eastbound routes. Westbound buses will turn north from Central onto San Mateo, then west on Lomas before heading south on University to Central to resume their regular westbound routes.
Two other routes that utilize Central will also be detouring. The eastbound #16-Broadway/University/Gibson as it moves north along Girard, will avoid Central by turning East on Coal before resuming its regular southerly route on Carlisle. Conversely, the westbound #16 moving along Gibson will turn north on Carlisle, then west on Lead before resuming its regular southerly route on Girard.
The #790-Rapid Ride/Blue Line will take an eastbound detour only. Going east on Lomas, the route will go south on University, east on Cesar Chavez, then north on Yale before resuming its route westbound on Central.
Three shuttles covering the detoured area will operate from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. that day. They will cover Lomas Ave between UNM Hospital and University Ave on the west, Central Ave between Girard on the east to University on the west, and Central Ave between San Mateo on the east and Hermosa Dr. (one block east of Carlisle) on the west.
For a complete list of the affected bus routes, detours and maps showing the temporary routes, plus the shuttle maps, log on to.
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ABQ RIDE is Albuquerque‘s principal form of public transportation. It logs a daily average of 160-Thousand Passenger Miles on its buses