Drivers: ‘Horrible’ ART construction takes hour to get through

Albuquerque Rapid Transit
Albuquerque Rapid Transit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city said Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction will only put drivers behind around five or ten minutes.

KRQE News 13 tested that, driving from Downtown at 1st Street at rush hour, heading west on Central. The end destination in mind: Central and Coors. According to Google Maps, it’s a 13 minute drive.

“Give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes,” said Michael Riordan with the City of Albuquerque. “What we’ve seen when the Water Utility Authority was out there recently is that it takes about that much longer to get through construction zones.”

That’s what the city said Monday when construction started on the ART project.

It took much longer than 5 to 10 minutes to get through the construction zones. It took 50 minutes instead of the normal 13.

Drivers said they had a similar rush hour experience. Many said they were stuck in the traffic for almost an hour.

“Horrible, I mean it’s horrible,” said one driver.

“Hectic,” said another driver.

One driver did say the wait was worth it for ART.

Construction could last for a year.

The city said it will slow down construction in Old Town and Nob Hill during the holidays. 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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