City of Albuquerque to provide aid to businesses affected by COVID-19, riots

Albuquerque's mayor this week vowed to provide assistance to downtown businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and riots during police brutality protests. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the city has contracted with minority-owned Glass on Wheels to replace an estimated $200,000 in windows that were broken during the protests. There is no timeline when the … Continue reading City of Albuquerque to provide aid to businesses affected by COVID-19, riots

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Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its Route 66 corridor, ART

The City of Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its stretch of Route 66 and its troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit system. The city has issued a request for proposals that will be due April 28. It stated: The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department is seeking a qualified marketing firm to develop and implement a … Continue reading Albuquerque will spend $500,000 to publicize its Route 66 corridor, ART

Albuquerque Rapid Transit has a new problem — traffic accidents

The troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit system along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) saw a new problem pop up in less than two weeks of service -- at least six traffic accidents. KOAT-TV reported the sixth mishap Wednesday on the bus line since the service launched Nov. 30. Almost all the accidents have been due to … Continue reading Albuquerque Rapid Transit has a new problem — traffic accidents

ART finally is running in Albuquerque after myriad delays

For good or ill, Albuquerque Rapid Transit began its service Saturday after $133 million spent, delays, bitter feelings from some Route 66 business owners and a still-unresolved whistleblower lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal was there when the buses finally ran along Central Avenue: To celebrate the occasion, Mayor Tim Keller, along with transit employees and city … Continue reading ART finally is running in Albuquerque after myriad delays

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges safety shortcuts in Albuquerque Rapid Transit

A traffic engineer filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the city of Albuquerque, alleging he was fired after expressing concerns about traffic safety problems with the troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project that may have led to two deaths. The Albuquerque Journal first reported about John Kolessar's lawsuit filed Friday in district court in Albuquerque. In addition … Continue reading Whistleblower lawsuit alleges safety shortcuts in Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Route 66 business owners in Tulsa brace for street work

A significant part of Route 66 in Tulsa will undergo major renovations this fall, and several business owners along it have voiced concerns about the effect the eight-month project will have. The Meadow Gold sign in 2009, which is a part of 11th Street in Tulsa between Peoria Avenue and Utica Avenue. KTUL in Tulsa … Continue reading Route 66 business owners in Tulsa brace for street work

Albuquerque restaurant blames ART for closure

An Albuquerque restaurant along Route 66 recently closed its doors for good, and it's blaming the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project for its misfortune. A local group claims it is the 60th business to close since ART began. Three Little Birds Cafe on Central Avenue (aka Route 66) shuttered, and according to KOB-TV in Albuquerque, it … Continue reading Albuquerque restaurant blames ART for closure

Improvements may come to Albuquerque’s west side of Route 66

The city of Albuquerque is considering improvements to its stretch of Route 66 on the west side of town. The stretch in question is from Unser Boulevard to 98th Street along Central Avenue (aka Route 66), according to KRQE-TV in Albuquerque. It's about 1.5 miles. The station explained: That strip of Central doesn't look like … Continue reading Improvements may come to Albuquerque’s west side of Route 66

$1.5M sought for Albuquerque’s Central Avenue for extra cops, marketing

Several Albuquerque city councilors want $1.5 million to hire extra police officers and pay for marketing to boost Central Avenue, aka Route 66, after the ill-conceived Albuquerque Rapid Transit project decimated the corridor. The four councilors expect the money from a new internet sales tax that will generate an estimated $6 million a year. The … Continue reading $1.5M sought for Albuquerque’s Central Avenue for extra cops, marketing

Albuquerque sues company over bad ART buses

Albuquerque announced Friday it was suing the BYD company over its faulty electrical buses made for the city's troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit line. Mayor Tim Keller announced the legal action after forcing the California-based company to take back the buses. According to the Albuquerque Journal: Keller said the city reached out to BYD in an … Continue reading Albuquerque sues company over bad ART buses