Alvarado Transportation Center
|Alvarado Transportation Center
Rail Runner commuter rail station
ABQ Ride Bus bay, with Alvarado Building
|Address||100 First Street Southwest
Albuquerque, NM 87102
|Connections||Greyhound Lines, ABQRide|
|Platforms||1 side platform, 3 island platforms|
|Opened||2002 (Alvarado TC, ABQRide)
|Station code||ABQ (Amtrak)|
|Owned by||City of Albuquerque|
|Fare zone||Zone B (Rail Runner)|
|Passengers (2013)||78,126 0.3% (Amtrak)|
The complex was built as a hub for Albuquerque's regional transit system and as a replacement for Albuquerque's previous bus depot and train station. The ATC serves ABQRide, Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line.
The Mission Revival-style ATC was designed to be reminiscent of the Alvarado Hotel, a railroad hotel which was formerly located on the site. The ATC also features a clock tower, located on the northwest corner of the complex, facing the intersection of Central Avenue and First Street.
Albuquerque is a stop on Amtrak's daily Southwest Chief line. Two Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach routes connect the station to El Paso, Texas Amtrak Station and Denver, Colorado Union Station. The train platform is located along the eastern side of the transit center.
Amtrak moved its passenger service operations at Albuquerque to the Alvarado Transportation Center on January 17, 2008, sharing space with providers of intercity bus services. Amtrak's previous facility, a small building located adjacent to the current depot, was in use for passenger operations since the historic Santa Fe station burned down in 1993. The old facility is closed, and serves as the baggage claim for arriving passengers, relief area for crew, and storage.
New Mexico Rail Runner service
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express started service on July 14, 2006, between Albuquerque and Sandoval County. From 2006 to 2008, the Rail Runner expanded service to Belen and Santa Fe. This station is referred to on Timetables as the Downtown Albuquerque Station. Each of the Rail Runner stations contains an icon to express each community's identity. The icon representing this station is the ATC itself.
Downtown Albuquerque is where many, but not all, of the trains originate, going north to Santa Fe, or south to Belen. Rio Metro provides supplementary bus service early in the morning to passengers.
Intercity Bus Service
The ATC's Greyhound depot makes up most of the southern side of the complex, and contains an enclosed waiting area with ticket booths and a small cafeteria. The depot is served by Greyhound and Autobuses Americanos.
ABQ RIDE is the local mass transit agency for metropolitan Albuquerque. 19 ABQ RIDE routes stop in the ATC's northern complex, while the 66, 766, and 777 routes stop on 1st street and Central Ave. The complex has 12 bays on an island platform, and one bay on the southwest side of the complex. Some bays are used for multiple buses, usually commuter routes and routes with limited frequency.
Rio Metro and New Mexico Park & Ride Service
New Mexico Park and Ride operates the Turquoise route from bay J on the northern complex, and only has one arrival and one departure during weekdays.
Rio Metro operates three buses at the Alvarado Transportation Center. These buses utilize Bay N at the ATC's northern Complex.
- Route #504 is an early morning commuter bus that starts in Belen and stops at the ATC before continuing onto the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station.
- Route #505A is an express bus from the Sandoval/US550 Rail Runner station in the morning.
- Route #505B is a morning commuter bus that starts at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station, stops at the ATC, and then continues south, stopping at all Rail Runner Stations until reaching Belen.
The University of New Mexico and UNM Hospital provides separate commuter shuttles to the ATC for UNM and UNMH Students, staff, and faculty. These operate between the northern and southern complexes, on 1st street and Gold Ave, and are free to ride. They are timed to meet certain Rail Runner arrivals and departures.
Taxi, private shuttle, and limo service, and personal pick-ups and drop-offs for the entire facility happen at the southern complex, in front of the entrance to the Amtrak/Greyhound waiting room.
Albuquerque's first train station, a small railroad depot, opened on the site of the current ATC in the 1880s. With increasing demand for a larger facility, the Alvarado Hotel, a Mission Revival-style building which served as one of the many Harvey Houses along the train route, was constructed on the site in the 1902. Santa Fe Railroad architect Charles Whittlesey designed the building, and Mary Colter designed the interior of the hotel. The hotel was named for Hernando de Alvarado of the 1540 Francisco Vásquez de Coronado Expedition. Just south of the hotel a train station was constructed, also in the Mission Revival style and with a large, distinctive tower.
The Alvarado Hotel was renowned for its luxury, but by the mid-20th century, with the decline in railroad travel in the United States, the hotel fell on hard times and was demolished in 1970. The site remained a dirt parking lot for many years. In 1993, the Albuquerque train station burned down, and Amtrak used a small facility on the site as the train station.
The current ATC complex was constructed in the 2000s and was designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. The first phase of the project was completed in 2002 to serve ABQRide. The second phase, completed in 2006, added facilities for Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line. The ATC was designed to be reminiscent of the old buildings, with many architectural elements borrowed from the Alvarado Hotel and the former train station.
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of New Mexico" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "Alvarado Transportation Center". Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
- Stations, Downtown Albuquerque Official Rail Runner site
- Amtrak – Stations – Albuquerque, NM
- Albuquerque on Great American Stations
- ATC Bus Bay Map
- Albuquerque Amtrak Station (USA Rail Guide -- TrainWeb)
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