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Feds OK BRT Money

Feds OK BRT Money

The total cost of the project, once pegged at $100 million, is now $119 million, according to some reports

BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said Tuesday that the federal government has agreed to fund part of the city’s proposed $100 million bus rapid transit route down Central Avenue.

But the $69 million that’s included in the Federal Transportation Administration’s proposed budget for the project is less than the $80 million that the city had wanted. And the total cost of the project, once pegged at $100 million, is now $119 million, according to some reports. Whatever the feds don’t fund would have to come from the city. The City Council has set aside about $13 million for the project.

The 10-mile BRT route would run from Louisiana on the east to Coors on the west and would include one lane in each direction on Central dedicated only to buses. Critics of the plan say it will increase traffic congestion along the route and make it more difficult for people to get to businesses.

Berry’s proposal was included in $599 million of Small Starts transit grants for 10 cities in the FTA’s proposed budget.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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