Federal Money Is Now A Go For Albuquerque ART Project
Millions in federal funding has been up in the air for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit system, or ART, since its construction in 2016. The money’s now a sure thing. Mayor Tim Keller announced on Tuesday the Federal Transit Authority will be pitching in $75 million for the ART line.
The funding will come in increments.
"It’s been a long road for this city on this project, and we are not out of the woods yet. We still have a ways to go. But we can balance our books and we can be straightforward that residents’ tax dollars are restored, and that our financial house for this project is now in order," Keller said.
ART has been plagued with problems. The platforms vary in height, and there are potential traffic hazards at some intersections on the route. Technical issues with the buses and the construction are the biggest concern now. According to the contractors and the bus manufacturers, the city will not have to pay extra for those fixes.
There is still no start date for the buses.