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Albuquerque Rapid Transit Announces Next Steps-UPDATE

Since the  City Council vote on March 21, 2016 to accept the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Small Starts Capital Grant for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project, the design and construction team has been finalizing ART plans and schedules. To incorporate some of the public requested changes and information, groundbreaking for construction will be late July rather than May as included in previous communications. The project is still expected to be complete in Fall 2017 because the team is establishing a consolidated schedule, reducing the heavy construction period to 14 months from 16 months to minimize construction disruption for local businesses and the general community.

“ART is a catalytic project that will reinvent Albuquerque’s urban corridor,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “We appreciate all the public comment we’ve received over the last five years, and we are working to accommodate many of those suggestions. Out of the great deal of valuable feedback we received, we are pleased to include in our plans an additional station at San Pedro and Central, in the heart of the International District.”

The City has set up a variety of mechanisms for people to receive ART updates:

  • The ART construction liaison team will meet with businesses at least 60 days prior to construction impacting their business;
  • Updates also will be posted on the ART website ( and ART social media in real time;
  • People also can sign up for text and electronic newsletter alerts on the ART website homepage at;
  • A 24-hour hotline has been established at 398-4ART.