If federal money is finally awarded for Albuquerque's A.R.T. project, it will come through the Federal Transit Authority - FTA. This agency has several categories for projects. Albuquerque applied under the Small Starts Program which has a limit of $75 Million, but was only recommended for $69 Million by the FTA. This means Albuquerque taxpayers will be expected to pay the rest.
Albuquerque's original budget estimate was $1 Million and they represented that the FTA would pay 80%. Soon it was disclosed that the project would cost a minimum of $119 Million and the FTA had only approved $69 Million. That left $50 Million to be paid by Albuquerque taxpayers. But that only works if the contractors work as hard as possible, don't charge overtime, don't make any mistakes, and there are no unforseen situations.
More recently the Albuquerque Water Authority estimated the cost for their street work would cost a minimum of $30 Million. This is part of what you now see on Central Avenue near Coors and at San Mateo. The Water Authority acknowledges it does not have a budget for this work and that Albuquerque taxpayers will have to repay the cost by approving future bonds
Adding the cost of water work (estimates only) puts Albuquerque taxpayers in the hole by at least $80 Million. We don't have the estimates for the gas lines, the sewer, the electric lines, cost overruns, etc.
Albuquerque wasn't told that the City would be buying up private property for this project. Look at what is happening to some small businesses on West Central. There was no advance disclosure to the taxpayers that buying land was part of the project.
We don't have a breakdown of what has been spent so far on consultants, researchers, and the current proponents of this project. Where did that money come from? Are we going in debt for those expenses too? Shouldn't we have a say?
Would ABQ Be Missing a Great Opportunity?
- Will ABQ miss development opportunities
Planners claim $2 to $3 Billion of capital improvements are on ABQ's horizon
- Will ABQ lose out on technology
Planners say young people are the intelligent ones and ABQ will lose them without a rapid transit system
- Will ABQ be left out of the 21st Century Planners claim cars are disappearing
At What Price?
information ABQ planners did not consider
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