Now that the Albuquerque City Council has approved a plan to create bus-only lanes on Central Avenue, the city will seek federal funding for the project.
According to an article by Dan McKay, "a noisy four-hour debate late Monday didn’t soften City Council support for the plan to transform Central Avenue into a rapid transit corridor with a nine-mile network of bus-only lanes and canopy-covered bus stations."
The council approval clears the way for the city to seek $70 million in federal "Small Starts" funding for the project. McKay explains the funding equation for the project, which includes $31 million in additional federal money, and $18 million in city funding.
The article details either side of the political debate during the hearing that eventually yielded the approval. One councilmember casting a dissenting vote out of concern for the project's impacts on traffic. According to McKay, the opposition made up the majority of the public speakers and attendees at the hearing.
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