CABQ gets $14 million funding for ART, waiting on $75 million more
July 16, 2018 05:18 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque announced Monday it will get $14 million from the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for part of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. Mayor Tim Keller says it will likely learn sometime in the fall whether it will get reimbursed for another $75 million spent- and his administration is planning ahead for whatever that decision turns out to be.
“At some point, we need to actually pay ourselves up and true up the books and so we know we need to do that for 2019,” Mayor Keller said.
Mayor Keller says that the city still satisfies eligibility requirements to receive that grant money, but the FTA has not made a final decision.
“The most likely plan is that we're [going to] have to take it from future or not yet started infrastructure projects so it means less stop signs, less lighting, all these things we need we're just going to have to go slower and pay off our debts,” Mayor Keller said.
While the city waits to find out, it will also be working on building six charging stations to keep buses moving, after learning that manufacturer BYD’s batteries didn’t work like they were expected to. BYD will pay for the stations, with the hope of replacing the batteries in the future, after developing better technology.
“It's just like with your cell phone, if your battery doesn't last as long as you want it to, we all know we can buy a new cell phone and there's challenges with that, or you just put charging cords in your card and at work and next to your bed- that's basically what we're doing,” Mayor Keller said.
The city will begin training bus drivers July 27. It will also begin enforcing traffic laws involving the buses.
Updated: July 16, 2018 05:18 PM
Created: July 16, 2018 03:52 PM
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