Created: November 09, 2019 10:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—After years of construction, businesses in Nob Hill said they’re ready to see if the ART buses finally take off.
"I hope it works out of course because so much money was spent,” said Kenneth Ansloan with Off Broadway Vintage Clothing and Costumes. “I'm kind of questioning how successful it's going to be."
Businesses were left to struggle after construction for ART began. Off Broadway and Astro Zombies Comics were some of the Nob Hill businesses that survived.
"Business was definitely down though and we're still trying to recover from the slowness that was the ART business,” said Chris Losack with Astro Zombies.
Keller told reporters the construction “created a damaged spine along our city for a long time that some businesses never recovered from.”
The $133 million project started under former Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. It was projected to be completed two years ago but after Mayor Keller took office, he announced there were problems with the electric buses.
City officials were forced to replace the electric buses with clean diesel ones. They will start taking passengers at the end of the month.
The ART buses will take over for the red and green Rapid Ride routes.
"I think it will absolutely help a bit. I don't know if it's going to help much but it's a step in the right direction," Losack said.
"And I'm hoping. My fingers are crossed that it's successful and works out and that it's everything they dreamed it would be so fingers crossed,” he said.
The new buses will be free from Nov. 30 until the end of the year.
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