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As city finishes ART refinements, where is the anticipated federal funding?

Brittany Costello
May 04, 2018 06:23 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mayor Tim Keller provided a long-awaited declaration Thursday morning that the finishing touches on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit line were almost complete, providing relief to commuters, visitors and businesses along Central.

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"Route 66 is the Mother Road," Keller said Thursday. "It's the backbone and spine of our city. It's a great place to come to, regardless of where it is you're visiting (from)."

Fresh pavement, striping and improve lighting along the transit line are among the latest additions.

But even though Central Avenue is open for business, whether or not the city will receive the anticipated $75 million in federal funding is still up in the air.

When the project began two years ago, the city chipped in millions to help back the project with the hope that the Federal Transit Administration would fork over the rest of the money. Albuquerque has invested more than $135 million in ART.

A spokesperson for the city said money for the project was taken from the city budget during former Mayor Richard Berry's administration, which planned the project and oversaw the start of its construction. The hope was that that money would be reimbursed.

Keller has traveled to Washington D.C. to plead the city's case, but should the city fail to get that $75 million, a spokesperson said it could delay future capital improvement projects.

There's currently no timeline on when that grant announcement will come. City officials say they should be able to provide an update by September.

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