APS proposes controversial carpool loop

Posted at: 06/06/2013 6:45 PM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 8:01 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque Public Schools will unveil changes Thursday night to a controversial carpool loop that may be added to Jefferson Middle School.

The proposal is meant to improve school traffic but some people who live near Jefferson said they don’t want to see it happen.

Living near a school can have its advantages. Willa Pilar’s daughter went to Jefferson but now she’s fighting the proposed loop.

“You can see how close we live. There’s Jefferson Middle School right outside my back door,” said Pilar.

A loop will improve traffic at the school, sccording to school district officials. It will be about 8 feet from Pilar’s back gate.

“If you can imagine a whole loop of cars,” said Pilar.

But Pilar said she isn’t only concerned with what could be behind her house but also in front.

“If you’ve ever been to the drop off lane at an airport it’s like that,” added Pilar.

On any given school day, Pilar said the nearby residential streets are flooded with parents dropping off and picking up their kids.

“The thought of being sandwiched between two lanes of exhaust twice a day is overwhelming,” said Pilar.

Pilar isn’t sure what could improve traffic in the area, but said she believes district officials need to work with the neighborhood to make things happen.

“We’re not anti-school. We want to see it get better at the school. I’m for change that is for the better not just for change,” said Pilar.

District officials said they are working with people in the neighborhood. That’s why they’re having the meeting at Jefferson.n