ART stations remain lit for public safety
November 18, 2018 10:10 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Last week Mayor Tim Keller pulled the plug on using the electric buses from Chinese manufacturer B.Y.D.
The city is expecting new buses which may take up to 18 months. This leaves the ART stations sitting stagnant.
KOB’s Patrick Hayes asked why the ART stations up and down central remain lit.
One reason is public safety, according to Rick Dereyes, spokesperson for ABQ Ride.
The stations house cameras that feed directly to APD’s real-time crime center.
"We need to have the stations lit for that. Also, it's a safety issue with regard to seeing people in and around those stations at night," Dereyes said.
The second reason for keeping the stations lit is aesthetics.
"The stations were designed to have those (lights) and I don't think people want to see unlit, in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the street,” Dereyes said.
Crossing the medians is still technically a no-go.
"APD wasn't going to actively be ticketing anyone but that doesn't mean they can do it,” Dereyes said. “That doesn't mean they won't ticket someone going over those medians."
Updated: November 18, 2018 10:10 PM
Created: November 18, 2018 09:17 PM
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