Albuquerque Rapid Transit Construction Starts


On Aug. 30, 2016, Bradbury Stamm Construction began work on Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) by installing temporary light signals at the University & Central intersection. This installation is part of the first phase of work on the overall ART project, which is expected to continue through fall 2017.

“I am pleased that the Appeals Court has allowed construction to begin on this catalytic project,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “The design team and our community have worked diligently for years to ensure that ART is a world-class project that will bring opportunity for Central Avenue and the people of Albuquerque.”

The litigation has delayed the start date from the once scheduled late spring groundbreaking. The construction team is planning on moving in segments from north to south in an alternating pattern in order to minimize the impact on the driving public.

Throughout construction there will be at least one lane, and in many places two lanes, of Central Avenue open in both directions. This will allow citizens to regularly visit and patronize their favorite Central Avenue shop or restaurant before, during and after construction.

In the next week, the ART team will announce the schedule of promotions and special events that will kick off in September. To receive ART updates, go to, and sign up for either text or email alerts.