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Old 10-28-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I forgot to mention that pesky 4 way stop on Tramway up near County Line. That'll cost you 5-10 seconds depending on the time of day.

Tramway becomes two lanes up and around that twisted curve and then it is all downhill to the Casino.

Mortimer doesn't need correcting often but the worst light on Tramway is on Rover, but in Mortimers defense it is only a problem if you are on Rover and wanting to turn left on Tramway. I have called and called and called the city about that light, half the time they brush me off saying it is the counties problem because technically the light is East of Tramway, the other half of the time they promise to send someone out. Occasionally they will fix it but the sensors usually fail again pretty soon after. It is so bad that I once timed my wait. 9 mins 53 seconds.

I used to make a right, go up to Menaul and do a U-turn but the sneaky light would always change to red when I got back to Rover frustrating me even more.
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Originally Posted by abqsunport
Paseo from tramway ... is still faster than tramway.
Not if you are going to Santa Fe.

Paseo, going 60 mph and hitting all the lights drops you out on I-25
somewhat W and a little more than a mile S of where you get on
using Tramway. You also might have to wait at the light just to
get on I-25 right there.

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Originally Posted by berncohomes
Mortimer doesn't need correcting often but the worst light on
Tramway is on Rover, ...
OK.

The worst light on the route being discussed from Academy to I-25
is San Rafael.

I'll give you Rover, but only because I'm feeling nice.
I'll also claim San Rafael is 98% as bad at best.

I think we can both agree that whoever the Road Warrier
D'Val Westphal calls up from the County to check out complaints
is a friggin' idiot. Yup. A friggin' idiot!
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Old 10-28-2009, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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How is Tramway out of the way if you are going to be going to Santa Fe?

From Google Maps

Tramway/Academy intersection to I-25/Tramway intersection.

Via Tramway - 7.6 miles and about 12 minutes
Via Paseo to I-25 - 8.8 miles and about 18 minutes
Via Paseo/Barstow/Alameda - 8.7 miles and about 20 minutes
Via Academy/San Mateo - 10.5 miles and about 22 minutes
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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I forgot to mention that pesky 4 way stop on Tramway up near County Line. That'll cost you 5-10 seconds depending on the time of day.
Don't forget the traffic when the train comes through...




I would still try Tramway, then Paseo... I like Tramway because of the scenery. But I drive slow... But I like to eat, and Paseo has a few possible stops. Even Academy, you can get breakfast Burritios at Taco Cabana, and the I-25 entrace is right there. Hey, you're going to work? Try all the routes...



Rich
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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Used to live up in the same parts myself not long ago (up in Sandia Hts) so had to deal with the same decision all the time. If you are going to Santa Fe, then hands down going all the way on Tramway wins. Only a few lights, little traffic, and what views!

Once in a while you get a break on Paseo and don't get stopped too much by lights, but they are usually infernally timed and it can seem like you just stop and go and stop and go. Real irritating. Then lots more traffic down by I-25.

Try it both ways and see, but I think you'll choose Tramway.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Originally Posted by ABQSunseeker
... Paseo ... lights, ... infernally timed
... stop and go and stop and go. ... lots more traffic ...
You forgot the drivers, angry at you for not going 60 mph.
That's more irritating than the lights.
................................................. <Snort!>

P.S. That train balloon shot is awesome!
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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P.S. That train balloon shot is awesome!
Just another day with a Tramway traffic jam.... That was on Tramway going West.


Rich
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Old 10-28-2009, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Yeah that is a great pic.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Tramway is probably the best when it comes to ideal situation...however, because it is a two lane road you might have to pass a few people going ten under when you have the chance. Like I said, the difference in time matters very little when it comes down to an hour long trip...pick the route you like best, or if you are like me, mix it up.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:45 PM
 
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I want to thank all of you for your replies and suggestions to my question regarding the commute. I think that I will probably try all of the routes to see which one I prefer, although I do feel that Tramway will probably be the best choice. I can't wait to get to Albuquerque. It is such a beautiful area and city...and the climate. Today, it snowed where I am currently living.
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