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Investigation into ART underway, city says

J.R. Oppenheim and Kasia Gregorczyk
February 22, 2018 12:28 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The City of Albuquerque's inspector general has launched an investigation into the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project, city officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

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According to a statement released by interim Communications Director Alicia Manzano, the investigation centers on the planning, funding and procurement process for ART. The findings will be made public once the inspector general completes the probe, Manzano said.

In December, Mayor Tim Keller announced the city was still waiting on $75 million in federal funding.

"As former state auditor, I appreciate the value and importance of the inspector general’s independent investigation and we look forward to getting to the bottom of this,” Keller said in Wednesday's statement.

Manzano did not specify when the inspector general began the investigation.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson said he plans to follow suit. He said he was aware of the current investigation by the Albuquerque inspector general, and his office will soon begin its own. Johnson said he will bring on a third party accounting firm.

"I can't really tell you how many times somebody has come up to me on the street or in a grocery store somewhere and said, 'You need to look at ART," Johnson said.

The state auditor's office is still determining the scope of its investigation. Johnson said his office plans to start its investigation in the coming weeks.

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