Albuquerque awarded $75 million to fund ART
KOB Web Staff
August 21, 2018 06:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque has been awarded $75 million from the federal government to fund the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.
Mayor Tim Keller said Tuesday that funding is no longer an issue.
“This outcome alleviates the burden of having to cover the cost of the project with City funds or new tax dollars. This project has been a long road for our city and frankly we’ve had to clean up a big mess. There is still a ways to go, but at least now we can balance the books with our residents’ tax dollars restored,” Mayor Keller said.
Mayor Keller said one of the issues moving forward includes the battery life for the buses. He said they plan on building charging stations along the bus route to alleviate the problem.
The ART concept originated in the 2000s with the idea of a light rail system along Central. The idea was scrapped, and the rapid ride buses were put in place as a temporary service until something bigger would arrive.
In 2011, the city began a feasibility study to see whether a bus rapid transit system could work along central. In 2014, the city applied for federal funding.
In April 2016, opponents took legal action to delay the project, saying more traffic studies were needed. Construction eventually got started in October 2016.
The city hopes to have the buses up and running sometime in the winter, more than two years after construction began.
In total cost for the ART project was about $130 million.
Mayor Keller also announced a transportation hub, at Central and Unser, to better serve the West Side residents. The hub will also serve as an ART refueling stop.
City will be awarded 75 million dollars in increments to fund the already paid for ART project @KOB4
— Joy Wang (@JoyKOB) August 21, 2018
KOB Web Staff
Updated: August 21, 2018 06:54 PM
Created: August 21, 2018 03:28 PM
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