Source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
Albuquerque Rapid Transit is up and running, and the Rio Grande Foundation eagerly awaits its initial ridership figures.
In the meantime, the U.S. Census Bureau has released new data that provide more evidence that any kind of “transit” project is unsuitable for the Duke City.
In 2016, mean travel time to work for Burquenos was a rather pleasant 23.4 minutes. (The stat does not include people who work from home.) That’s below — in some cases, well below — the comparable figure for most metro regions with more than 500,000 residents. (Washington, D.C.: 34.4 minutes; Atlanta: 31.0 minutes; Boston: 30.6 minutes; Miami: 30.6 minutes; Seattle: 29.6 minutes; Dallas: 27.9 minutes; Nashville: 27.0 minutes.)
As the chart above shows, Albuquerque’s travel time has barely budged in the last seven years. (Maybe there is one advantage to a moribund economy.) And with only 2.1 percent of commuters taking “public transportation,” it’s clear that cars are working just fine for the vast majority of the Duke City’s workers.
Government trains and buses enjoy relatively high “market shares” in urban areas with high population density. (The top ten are listed below.) Transit doesn’t work, and can’t work, in cities like Albuquerque. Too bad the “visionaries” behind ART prefer social engineering to incontrovertible facts.