Albuquerque doesn’t get a lot of attention outside of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, but this Southwest city happens to boast America’s highest quality bus rapid transit (BRT) system. Known as Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART), the BRT system offers two lines with relatively frequent service and unparalleled operations quality at bargain capital costs. How did it happen and what’s so great about it?

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.