Dueling signs pop up on Central amid rapid transit debate

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque’s Rapid Transit Project has sparked quite the debate, especially at public meetings. Now, dueling signs are hitting the streets.

Signs against the controversial project have been seen up and down Central. The project would add stations and dedicated bus lanes along Central, all the way from 98th to Tramway.

But recently, signs endorsing the bus system started popping up.

“It’s just something we decided to do because there was a void,” said Dan Majewski.

Majewski and a few others make the signs. So far, they’ve handed out 100. But it’s where some of those signs ended up, that has some people wondering about the group’s tactics.

“I guess I’d be a little bugged,” said one person.

There was at least one sign that was put right in front of one against the project.

“We were talking about what if visitors were coming to Albuquerque and they saw all these signs that said no ART,” said Majewski.

Majewski said he’s not trying to add fuel to the fire. Instead, he’s trying to send a positive message that says, “Yes” instead of, “No”.

“Even signs that say ‘No’ anything, we don’t want our main street to be covered with signs that say ‘No’ anything,” said Majewski.

He also said he doesn’t decide where every sign ends up.

“We want to give as many signs away to as many people as possible so they can put them wherever they feel is necessary,” said Majewski.

Joseph Millard, a manager at Astro-Zombies, which has a sign opposing the project, says the tactic is annoying but doesn’t think it’ll have a big effect.

“It’s antagonistic, but it’s not beneficial to any side,” Millard said.

As for people walking up and down Central, most said where signs are placed is simply politics.

“I think its fair game,” said one person.

“I think it’s just public debate and that’s kind of how a public debate goes,” said another person.

Majewski says his intentions are to keep the conversations about the project positive.

“That’s why we do it because it’s fun and it’s positive,” said Majewski.

Even with all the signs popping up, there is no public vote. There are public meetings scheduled, where people can talk about the project.

The meetings are scheduled for the times below:

  • Tuesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Manzano Day School cafeteria, 1801 Central NW (between Laguna NW and Rancho Seco NW)
  • Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Patrick J. Baca Library, 8081 Central NW (at Unser)
  • Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alice K. Hoppes African American Pavilion, EXPO New Mexico (San Pedro and Copper-across from the Expo N.M. Pavilion Stage)
  • Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Kiva Auditorium (at the Albuquerque Convention Center), 401 2nd St NW

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