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Posted September 3, 2013

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Letter by Tierra Antigua Students Leads to West Side Bus Shelter

The third graders' words convinced ABQ RIDE and the city of Albuquerque to open a bus shelter on Rainbow SW across from Volcano Vista High School.

Municipal Development Director Michael Riordan, ABQ RIDE Director Bruce Rizzieri and Tierra Antigua students cut the ribbon to dedicate new bus shelter.

It's now open: The very last of 414 bus shelters in Albuquerque paid for by federal stimulus money. The stop on Rainbow SW across from Volcano Vista High School includes such amenities as a shelter, bench, solar lighting and a concrete pad connected to the sidewalk.

But actually, the idea for a shelter at this location came from a class of gifted third graders at nearby Tierra Antigua Elementary School. The class was taught by Cyndi Kuchera.

Last May, as part of a class studying how to participate in government, they wrote to the city and asked it to improve what was then a solitary bus stop on the #162-Ventura Commuter route.

“The result of these students taking an interest in their community and writing the city was that they helped the ball get rolling on the project,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry.

“After receiving the class’ letter, we looked at several factors, including available right-of-way and the potential transit ridership in this area,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of Transit and ABQ RIDE. “Both the Departments of Municipal Development and Transit then determined this was indeed a good location for a shelter.”

“These students identified an issue that could improve our community and took action as concerned citizens to bring it to our attention,” said Michael Riordan, Director of Municipal Development. “Now, what was once just a bus stop sign on the shoulder of the road is now a fully-accessible ADA shelter with shade.”

The shelter cost about $22,900 to build.

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