Albuquerque Rapid Transit receives recommendation for federal funding

ART Albuquerque Rapid Transit
ART Albuquerque Rapid Transit

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A multi-million dollar Albuquerque project just got a boost from the feds. The Obama administration is recommending federal funding for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project.

While the city sees it as a boon to Albuquerque, businesses owners in Nob Hill say it will put them out of business.

Astro Zombies owner Mike D’elia isn”t thrilled about Federal Transit Administration’s endorsement of Albuquerque’s Rapid Transit Project.

The bus system would run along Central, from Louisiana to Coors. Mayor Richard J. Berry says it’s a victory for area businesses.

“It will create hundreds and hundreds of jobs during the construction phase, and it’ll help businesses large and small to thrive,” said Berry.

The project would turn the two lanes in each direction to one. With a combination of Rapid Transit and drivers going up and down Central,
D’elia warns it’ll cause congestion, and turn away customers.

“If someone can’t come to Nob Hill and Park, odds are those people are going to go somewhere else,” said D’elia.

It’s going to cost more than a-hundred million dollars to get rapid transit done. 69 million of that from federal funds.

Patrick Frey owns BZ Skateshop at Central and Richmond. He wants to the money used somewhere else.

“I think there’s better ways to spend a hundred million dollars than a road, especially when we’re 50th in child welfare and development,” said Frey

Both business owners also fear problems during the construction phase.

“It affects people’s access to the neighborhoods, and it affects people’s access to to park,” Said Frey.

Mayor Richard J. Berry is telling businesses not to worry.

“We have a team in place that can work with small businesses to make sure disruption is the least it could be,” said Berry.

Both businesses are so concerned that they might consider moving.

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