Category Archives: Did Albuquerque Follow FTA Guidelines?

Not enough federal money to pay 80% of A.R.T.

The way it seems there was never enough federal money to pay for 80% of the A.R.T. project. It was claimed to cost $1M and the feds would pay $69M. That's only 69%. Then they said OOPS, the cost would be $119M, but the feds were still supposed to pay $69M. That's 58% the feds…
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Show ABQ the Money

Planners claimed the A.R.T. project will be mostly paid for by the federal government. When they applied for a FTA grant in August 2015, planners estimated A.R.T. was a $100 Million project. The FTA only recommended $69 Million for A.R.T. By early 2016 planners said A.R.T. was actually a $119 Million project. Read more On…
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Sales Will Plummet & People Will Leave the Area

The New Mexico Restaurant Association issued a statement against A.R.T. Carol Wight, CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, issued a statement on June 28, 2016 titled "Albuquerque Rapid Transit -- NMRA Supports Members on Route 66".  In that statement the CEO described the probable consequences of A.R.T. Read the NMRA statement The NMRA statement says…
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Who are your neighbors affected by A.R.T.?

All of the businesses on Central Avenue stand to be affected by A.R.T.  Some believe the bus will bring new customers to their business.  The majority of businesses recognize that obstruction in the street will impair business.

People don't go shopping to an antique store on a bus.  People don't relax at a restaurant when they have to watch the clock so they don't miss the last bus home.  People don't rent a costume for an event to carry it home on a bus.  People don't buy a birthday cake to carry it home in a bus.  People don't shop for office supplies on a bus.

Cars have served a purpose in the U.S.  Especially in the West, cars are the principal way to get around.  As cars evolve based on market demands for fuel efficiency and environmental and safety concerns, cars will continue to be the best form of transportation for ABQ.