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Red Apple Transit Study
A comprehensive study of the Red Apple Transit system, completed in January 2011, has determined the type of transit services needed in the MPO by 2020. This transit planning effort is an outgrowth of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for the region which establishes a 20 year vision for transportation within the Farmington MPO and helps to guide investments in all modes of transportation.

The study achieved the following outcomes:
  • Determined the most feasible options for expansion
  • Determined optium locations for a transit hub terminal in Farmington and MPO region
  • Recommended converting to a bi-directional, linear route system to better serve the public
  • Determined feasible routes and schedule changes to improve service levels by 2015 and 2020

Final Report

The Final Report is now available.  The report includes data on greatest transit need, describes the recommendations for changing the system, and outlines an implementation schedule.

Existing Conditions

  • The study area encompasses a population of approximately 61,500
  • The highest concentrations of population density are found in the urban cores of the three cities, in Kirtland and Crouch Mesa, and along US 64 and NM 516.
  • Transit dependent populations (those who rely on transit as the most viable means of transportation) are typically found in the central and southern areas of Farmington and in the northwest parts of Aztec and Bloomfield.
  • 41-44 percent of commuters from Aztec, Bloomfield, and Kirtland travel to Farmington.

Greatest Transit Needs

The “greatest transit need” helps quantify potential transit demand and is defined as those portions of the study area with the highest percentage of zero-vehicle households and elderly, disabled, and below-poverty populations.  The percentage of the population for each US Census block group within each category was calculated, placed in numerical order, and divided into five segments.  The US Census block groups in the segment with the lowest percentages were given a score of one and the highest percentages were given a score of five.  Each of the categories was summed up for a total score then ranked for the years 2010, 2020, and 2035

  • 2010 Greatest Transit Need     Table     Map
  • 2020 Greatest Transit Need     Table     Map
  • 2035 Greatest Transit Need     Table     Map

Meeting Dates


Meeting Summary

Kickoff Meeting

Introduction to the Transit Study

Farmington Civic Center

 Public Meeting

Population Growth & System Concepts

Farmington Civic Center

 July 29,2010 Agenda

July 29,2010 Summary  

Public Meeting

Selection of Preferred System Concepts

Farmington Civic Center  

October 6, 2010 Agenda

Oct 6, 2010 Summary  

Public Meeting

Review of Draft Final Report

Farmington Civic Center

City of Farmington
800 Municipal Drive
Farmington, NM 87401
Ph: 505-327-7701