Axing of bus deal brings another delay to Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Albuquerque's mayor announced this week he is yanking 15 BYD electric buses off the street and will replace them with 10 nonelectric buses, bringing another delay to the troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. Mayor Tim Keller recently grounded the buses after city inspectors found myriad problems with the vehicles. The Albuquerque Journal listed the problems … Continue reading Axing of bus deal brings another delay to Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Mayor grounds Albuquerque Rapid Transit buses

Albuquerque's mayor this week ordered the grounding of the city's troubled rapid-transit buses until the vehicles are inspected and safety concerns are allayed. Mayor Tim Keller told KOAT-TV the city uncovered problems during driver training: Officials say bolts were falling off the doors and the buses' back doors would open on their own while being driven. … Continue reading Mayor grounds Albuquerque Rapid Transit buses

Albuquerque gets long-awaited $75 million grant for ART

The troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project will receive a $75 million grant from the federal government -- more than a year after it was initially announced by the city. Mayor Tim Keller said Tuesday the money will come in two installments in the coming weeks from the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program, reported the Albuquerque … Continue reading Albuquerque gets long-awaited $75 million grant for ART

ART gets $14M grant; rest of $75M grant remains unclear

Albuquerque's mayor announced Monday the troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project will receive $14 million from a Federal Transit Administration grant, but the fate of a long-anticipated $75 million grant from the agency remains unclear. The Albuquerque Journal reported: Mayor Tim Keller in a Monday news conference at the Uptown Transit Center said the federal government … Continue reading ART gets $14M grant; rest of $75M grant remains unclear

Inspector general’s report criticizes ART project

Albuquerque's inspector general on Thursday issued a scathing report about the troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project along nine miles of the city's Route 66 corridor. The report, in effect, repudiates former mayor Richard Berry, who championed the project and shepherded ART through a divided city council. Berry said ART, which caused 18 months of construction … Continue reading Inspector general’s report criticizes ART project

ART construction ends, but issues remain

New Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller proclaimed Thursday that major construction along Central Avenue  for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project was finished, and businesses along that Route 66 corridor could breathe a sigh of relief. However, major issues remain along the troubled nine-mile bus system, with no quick resolution in sight. The Albuquerque Journal reported: During … Continue reading ART construction ends, but issues remain

Official: Only 50-50 chance of getting federal money for ART

Albuquerque's chief operating officer said the city has only a "50/50" chance of receiving a $75 million federal grant to help pay for the troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit project. Lawrence Rael gave the grim assessment to Albuquerque Journal editors and reports last month, and that getting the money for the new mass-transit project depends on … Continue reading Official: Only 50-50 chance of getting federal money for ART

City, state to investigate Albuquerque Rapid Transit

  The city of Albuquerque and state of New Mexico this week announced separate investigations into the city's controversial and troubled Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus system. The Albuquerque Journal reported late Wednesday the city's inspector general recently began a review of processes, funding and procedures with in the project. KOB-TV in Albuquerque reported Thursday the state's auditor … Continue reading City, state to investigate Albuquerque Rapid Transit

Mayor: Albuquerque Rapid Transit “a bit of a lemon”

New Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller this week said problems besetting Albuquerque Rapid Transit are so deep and many, it will take months before the controversial bus system along Central Avenue (aka Route 66) becomes fully operational. “The problems are much worse than I think anyone believed. ... This project is a bit of a lemon,” … Continue reading Mayor: Albuquerque Rapid Transit “a bit of a lemon”

Albuquerque still waiting for ART grant from feds

New Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller can't be too happy with his predecessor now. Not only is his city facing a budget deficit of about $10 million, but the city still hasn't received $75 million in federal money to help pay for the now-completed Albuquerque Rapid Transit project more than a year after it began construction. … Continue reading Albuquerque still waiting for ART grant from feds