ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque revealed what’s next in the push to build the Albuquerque Rapid Transit line of dedicated bus lanes that will run up and down Central.
Mayor Richard J. Berry is confident the feds will foot a chunk of the $119 million tab for this project.
The feds have recommended to chip in $70 million toward the project. The Federal Transit Administration still needs to sign off on it.
The mayor says they’re moving full-speed ahead now. Work to start tearing up Central from Coors to Louisiana could start in May.
Central will lose two of its four lanes for long stretches to make way for medians with bus stops and dedicated bus lanes.
Mayor Berry says the Federal Transit Administration should make its final decision in about two months. The project could take a year and a half to complete.
The other $50 million would come from the city budget and bonds.
Some business owners are not happy with the construction, saying it will scare off business for months. They’re also worried that only one lane in each direction in parts of Central when the project is done will scare away drivers.