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Altering ART bus lane could jeopardize federal grant

Jen French
April 09, 2018 10:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Navigating Central Avenue can be confusing now that there’s a bus-only lane splitting it in half, but there's no painting over the salmon colored strip if the City of Albuquerque wants to remain eligible for a $75 million Small Starts federal grant.

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"To change it in any way would be to alter the premise of that project and would be to put federal money from the FTA in jeopardy," said Rick De Reyes, an ABQ RIDE spokesperson.

Some drivers are frustrated that there are still no buses driving on the bus-only lane.

"This thing is not being used at all,” said Damian Castillo, an Albuquerque resident.

For Hookah Star owner Ibrahim Asfan, revenue for his Nob Hill business has gone up in smoke.

"How many people are going to ride the bus?" Asfan said.

ART must also be ADA compliant for it be eligible for the grant.

"Guess they were eager to do the project and the only way to get the money was to follow the stipulations," said John Montoya, an Albuquerque resident.

For now, De Reyes said rerouting or redoing it is not an option.

"There's a good chance if we paint over the bus lane or we alter the project in any way than what we presented to the FTA then we could lose our federal funding," he said. "Probably would reduce the chances greatly of getting federal money.

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