Mayoral Candidate: Stop ART Construction Now

Mayoral Candidate: Stop ART Construction Now

Ricardo Chaves Demands Central Avenue Return To Normal

Calling Mayor Richard Berry’s Albuquerque Rapid Transit project a “boondogle,” mayoral candidate Ricardo Chaves on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to ART construction along Central Avenue.

“Today, I’m calling on Mayor Berry and the City Council to immediately end construction of the ART project on Central Avenue,” Chaves said. “They should have stopped this project months ago, once they saw all the negative impacts it was having on our community.

“Construction on this boondoggle should end immediately, and this historic road should be rebuilt to function as it did before this project began.”

So what should be done with the $126 million project now that it’s about half completed, especially the raised platforms in the middle of the street?

“Just take the platforms out,” and return Central to two lanes of general traffic in each direction, Chaves said.

Chaves, a businessman who owns parking lots, ripped City Councilor and mayoral candidate Dan Lewis for proposing legislation to study ART’s impact on traffic. Lewis has said that Central should revert back to four lanes of traffic if it is found that ART doesn’t live up to its projections of getting more people to ride the bus.

“The time for wasteful and expensive ‘studies’ and reports is over,” Chaves said. “It’s way too late for that. The community and businesses along Route 66 have spoken. Is the council listening to them? No.”

Chaves added that eliminating more than 200 left-hand turns along ART’s nine-mile route, and adding 10 additional traffic lights, was “ridiculous.”

It “doesn’t make business sense. Such a plan, if it’s allowed to be finished, would further devastate our already struggling economy. That’s why it must end now,” Chaves added.

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  • Arthur Alpert
    June 23, 2017, 10:27 am

    Who wrote that story?
    Arthur Alpert

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  • Arthur Alpert
    June 23, 2017, 10:28 am

    Who wrote that story?
    Arthur Alpert

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  • Eric
    June 23, 2017, 7:02 pm

    Chaves your funny dont stop its hello its halfway done we got to go threw it im sure not you just continue doing it just hurry up

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  • Duane Wing
    June 24, 2017, 6:01 am

    Start over? Change the plan? Deconstruct? Waste all the time and funds already spent? Loose our bond rating? Put the business district through a whole new lengthy de-construct-re-construct process? Remove all the new infrastructure below the surface? Really? Its a done deal Mr. do-it-over-again. If this is your idea of value, to spend money, make improvements for Albuquerque going forward, god forbid you get elected. I don’t know if you have relatives that we-wha-ed I-25 through a residential business district that is narrow with ready sharp curves in the sixties because the city father’s didn’t want the interstate going around the city. Why not help the manage the police department find ways to better fight crime? Clean up the city? Fix the streets, install additional public lighting, address blighted neighborhoods, bring new industry to town, make the city additionally elderly friendly, find corrupt officials and drain the swamp, not tear up Central again.

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    • Linda@Duane Wing
      June 24, 2017, 2:33 pm

      Take the money and build jails before none of us had a car left or any personal property!

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