Commissioner still pushing for ART project vote

Albuquerque Rapid Transit
Albuquerque Rapid Transit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Any day now, work on the controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is expected to begin. But there’s still a push to get voters to weigh in on it.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley is still pushing for voters to voice their opinion in November on the project.

The vote would have no legal effect. In addition, city council efforts to poll voters on the project appear very unlikely to move forward.

Some business owners and residents have opposed the project, saying it will clog traffic and kill business on Central.

The mayor’s office has said it will spur needed redevelopment in the city.

On Friday, a federal appeals court ruled t hat construction on the ART project could move forward, although it has yet to rule on the appeal itself.

Major work on the project is set to start in the coming days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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