Civil Engineering ETDs
EVALUATING PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCESSIBILITY IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: A FIXED-ROUTE BUS SERVICE ANALYSIS
This research analyzed how residential accessibility to fixed-route bus service in Albuquerque, New Mexico varies by distance, income level, and headway. A literature review investigated components of travel that might deter people from using public transit such as travel distance, sidewalk condition or availability, bus headway, lack of active travel in today’s society, personal and traffic safety, and access equity. Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping was used to determine if low-income neighborhoods have better or worse access to ABQ Ride bus stops relative to medium- or high-income neighborhoods. Residential land use was divided into three economic classes based on 2018 median household income. A random point for every 100 people was generated and connected with the closest bus stop through a spatial network analysis. Statistical analysis was performed to determine if there is any statistical significance between distance to bus stop and economic class. A bivariate choropleth map was produced to compare proximity to bus stop and bus headway in an attempt to reveal areas of improvement for the Albuquerque fixed-route bus network. Next steps for this research include an investigation of the following factors: trip destination, number of boardings, bus transfers, paratransit service, ADA compliance, and overall transit equity.
Public Transit, Accessibility, Fixed-Route, Residential, Network Analysis, Albuquerque
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
Nicholas Ferenchak, Ph.D., P.E.
Second Committee Member
Susan Bogus Halter, Ph.D., P.E.
Third Committee Member
Claude Morelli, AICP, PTP
Gutierrez, Risa E.. "EVALUATING PUBLIC TRANSIT ACCESSIBILITY IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO: A FIXED-ROUTE BUS SERVICE ANALYSIS." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/ce_etds/273