Twinkle Light Parade first major event to travel along ART line

Paul Reilly
December 02, 2017 09:20 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque's Nob Hill shone bright Saturday night with the return of the Twinkle Light Parade. But this year provided a bit of a change for the popular event, now that the nearly completed Albuquerque Rapid Transit corridor runs down the parade route.


The parade is the first major event to travel down the ART line, which has limited left-hand turns on Central Avenue.

"We tried to park at the A lot right there, and they took a turn off away from us," said one parade-goer. "So now we have to go all the way to the light and turn. We're like, 'Why?'"

It also means some lanes are restricted, for use only by ART buses. But on Saturday evening those buses were rerouted off Central to make way for the festivities.

While there are definitely concerns that the new design for Route 66 will back traffic up in some spots, most parade-goers on Saturday night said they had no problem getting to their destination in order to see all the lights shining bright.

"Honestly, it worked pretty well," one other parade-goer said. "It was very simple; it was easy to get here."


Paul Reilly

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