City Councilors: Where is the Albuquerque Rapid Transit funding?

ART Albuquerque Rapid Transit
ART Albuquerque Rapid Transit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City Councilors Monday night wanted answers on where the funding is for the already started, controversial Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project.

“For some reason that Congress doesn’t come through with this money, which we know we have a letter of no prodigious for $50 million, we don’t know that they’re going to give us the additional $19 million what is a contingency plan that we have in place,” said Councilor Ken Sanchez.

The city says the Federal Transit Administration will provide the $69 million grant that’s critical to carrying out the ART project.

The FTA has recommended the funding, but Congress hasn’t yet approved a budget for the coming year.

Chief Operating Officer Michael Riordan told councilors it would be a historic event if the city didn’t receive the grant agreement. 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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