Albuquerque Awarded $75 Million
By Staff Reporter, Mariah Tso '20
Albuquerque, New Mexico his been awarded $75 million dollars for ART (Albuquerque Rapid Transit). They have been awarded from the federal government. The $75 million is going to fund the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project.The total cost for the whole project was about $130 million. For the people that do not know what the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is, it's a bus transit line that serves the Central Avenue corridor in Albuquerque.
The money is coming in two increments. The first one is coming or will be awarded before the end of September and its 50$ million and the second one is $25 million that will be awarded in the month of October. Also, the mayor Tim Keller of Albuquerque said, “The funding was no longer an issue,” but one problem is the battery life for the buses. Tim keller mayor of Albuquerque plans to build a charging station along the bus route to avoid the buses battery dying.
If they did not get the money from the federal government they would of not been able to finish the project. The project is suppose to start sometime this winter. Back in December 14, 2017 the project was over budget. Now that they received funding, the project can finally begin.The project was originated with the light rail system, which is on central.