City launches PSA series to help drivers maneuver ART bus route

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Like it or not, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus line will be up and running soon, that means the bus lanes will be off-limits and most left-hand turns will be too.

Tuesday, the city hosted a clinic for drivers on how to navigate the new rules of the road.

Since ART construction began, there’s been a lot to get used to, from most left turns getting axed, to new lanes.

“Actually, it’s a lot of confusion,” said a pedestrian near the University of New Mexico.

There are now 41 signalized intersections along the nine-mile route, and a lot of new signals and traffic signs — from signs allowing a left or a U-turn, to signs just for trucks and buses.

“I think it’s actually a little more clear,” said a University of New Mexico student.

The city also launched its first PSA to help the public understand all the changes.

“Make sure you know when pedestrians are going to be crossing to the stations, at the dots,” said spokesperson Michael Riordan.

He’s referring to the new dotted crosswalks, and the new “HAWK” signals to let drivers know when pedestrians are crossing. The city also says drivers should never be in the bus lane.

Drivers will only be allowed to make left turns at the designated intersections, with a green turn arrow. Traffic lights that are still covered up are strictly for the ART buses and will have special signals for the bus drivers.

If you are caught driving in the bus lanes, it is a traffic violation. The Albuquerque City Council is working on an ordinance to establish the different violations within the bus route, as well as what those fines will be.

The city says the videos on driving tips, and safety will be uploading in the coming weeks.

For more information on the new ART route rules, click here. 

Mobile users click here for graphics on ‘Driving with ART’

Albuquerque Rapid Transit PSA Video Series Below»

(app users click here to view PSA videos)




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