Albuquerque Rapid Transit - ART
During SMOFCon 37, the long awaited Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) rapid bus transit service will be running, and free to use. This service will provide bus service about every 7 to 8 minutes between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm and every 15 minutes afterwards during operating hours (5:45 am to 9:30 pm Thursday and Friday, 6 am to 9 pm Saturday, 6:30 am to 6:30 pm Sunday, and 5:45 am to 9:30 pm Monday). The ART primarily provides service on Central Avenue between Unser Blvd in the West and Tramway Blvd in the East. But SMOFCon attendees will primarily be interested in the section between the Albuquerque BioPark station in the West and the East Nob Hill station in the East.
The two stations for boarding the ART from the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque are the Downtown Station at Copper and 1st for Westbound travel, and the Alvarado Transit Center station at 1st and Central for Eastbound travel. The Downtown station is located about two blocks east of the back entrance to Albuquerque Plaza, which includes the Hyatt and the ajoining office tower. The main hotel entrance is on Tijeras, one block north of Copper. The Alvarado Transit Center station is an additional block south along 1st street.
Places that can be easily reached by taking ART west from downtown include Old Town Plaza using the Old Town stop, and the Albuquerque BioPark Botanical Garden and Aquarium using the BioPark stop. The Albuquerque Museum, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History, and the Explora Children's Museum are a short walk across Old Town Plaza from the Old Town stop as well.
Places that can be easily reached taking ART east from downtown include The University of New Mexico using either the UNM/CNM or Popejoy stops, including the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, and the Nob Hill shopping and dining areas.
Our restaurant guide includes information on which stops along ART are useful for reaching restaurants that are located along the ART and Central.
A Couple of Notes About Using the ART
Ron Oakes took a test ride on the ART on December 1st. Based on that, we are providing a couple of additional notes about using ART to ensure that any visitors can use it without issue
- There are two lines on the ART: the 766 Red Line and the 777 Green Line. Both of these serve the areas of interest to SMOFCon 37 attendees. However, the 766 Red Line will continue to the Uptown Transit Center which is located near the Uptown Shopping District.
- Announcements on ART busses for upcoming stops do not describe the stops by name. They instead describe the stops by the nearest intersection, further indicating if the stop is on the near side or far side of the cross street. The exception is for the Alvarado Transit Center stop on eastbound busses. Since our restaurant guide and most transit maps list the stops by name, be sure to also note the intersection where the stop is located so you will be able to get off at the correct stop.
- The busses will not automatically stop at every stop. If you want the bus to stop, be sure that you are waiting on the correct side of the platform, or that you pull the cord to request a stop around the time the bus announces the upcoming stop.