Buses proposed for busy shopping area

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A popular commercial center, with two malls and a shopping center, is getting a lot of attention from one city councilor who wants to fix a traffic problem by adding buses.

Coronado, Winrock and ABQ Uptown are the three malls that bring a lot of people a lot of traffic congestion to one area of Albuquerque, and Winrock is not done attracting more stores.

“It’s a problem now and it’s going to be growing,” City Councilor Diane Gibson said. “As more and more stores move into the Winrock area, traffic is going to increase.”

Gibson said something needs to be done now and she’s got some ideas.

In the short-term, “it will be everything from timing of lights to encouraging traffic to use the loop road,” Gibson said.

The loop road is already in place and was designed to alleviate traffic from Louisiana. It runs past Winrock, Uptown to Coronado. Gibson thinks most drivers don’t use it because they don’t know about it.

Gibson wants to add signs alerting drivers it’s there.

In the long term, Gibson wants to add shuttle buses to take shoppers between all three malls.

“I’ve talked to many businesses in the Uptown area and they all agree that this would be a good idea,” Gibson said.

Gibson said this idea has been discussed before, but she wants to make it a reality.

“There’s a lot of parking throughout the area, but sometimes not where you want it to be,” Gibson said.

Shoppers we talked to think it’s a good idea. The question remains will enough people use the buses.

“I shop here occasionally. My wife shops here more than I do,” said Peter Holter. “I think she would.”

The shuttle bus idea is still in the early stages, so it must still be determined where the buses will stop at each shopping center.

Gibson said the number of buses in circulation will be determined after its in use. She will be attending a meeting with the Uptown Progress Team on Wednesday.

Gibson said she’s tossed around the idea of a pedestrian bridge over Louisiana. However, Gibson said first she’d like a study or survey done to make sure it would be used.

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