Albuquerque announces free meters during ART construction

Central Avenue near UNM.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Come Monday, the city of Albuquerque will offer free meters along and near Central Avenue. This will only be for meters East of Broadway. The reason is the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

Central Avenue near the University of New Mexico has turned into a construction sight.

“Right now, it’s just a little chaotic,” said UNM student Caroline Carpenter.

In order to alleviate some of the frustration on both students and business owners, the city of Albuquerque decided to offer free meters. Michael Riordan with the City said this is an option they’ve had in the past, often during the holidays.

But, the free meters won’t last forever. Officials with the city said it will be good through fall of 2017, when the ART Project is done a little more than a year from now.

“That will allow people the opportunity to visit the businesses here in town and keep people employed, I think that’s a good thing,” said Paul Chandler, an Albuquerque resident.

The free meters will cost the city a pretty penny. Currently, they rake in about $436,000 a year. 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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