While convenient for residents of Albuquerque, the electric streetcar system also meant that suburbs were beginning to grow. Albuquerque had a morning rush hour like many other cities, with businessmen and workers, but these workers no longer had to live within walking distance of their places of employment. The streetcar system meant that people could move to the suburbs and commute into the city for work every day.
By 1929, technological advancement again changed transportation in Albuquerque. Automobiles became popular in the 1920s, and buses that were powered by gas replaced streetcars at the end of the decade.