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ART fixes underway; some buses still not here

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Remedial work on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is underway, and some of the fixes seem to be easier than it was initially thought.

ART spokeswoman Joanie Griffin said work on the intersection at Washington and Central was completed Friday and involved restriping the roadway.

Buses traveling west on Central did not have a straight shot to pull up to the platform on the other side of Washington.

Jogging over slightly to the platform left them partially blocking the adjacent lane, Griffin said.

By adjusting the lane striping by around six feet, Griffin said, the problem was solved.

At a news conference last month, the city’s chief operating officer Lawrence Rael said the city was considering reconfiguring the Washington intersection.

Griffin said contractor Bradbury Stamm Construction will begin work on another problem at the platform on Atrisco next week and will take three to four weeks to complete.

City officials said in January the intersection at Central and Washington may have needed to be reconfigured, but the problem was solved by adjusting the lane striping. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

The road next to the platform was sloped, so stopped buses sat at an angle, creating issues for wheelchair users.

That work will involve intermittent lane closures, she said.

“Both corrections are being done at no cost to the taxpayer,” she said.

Meanwhile, the city is still waiting to receive 10 of the 20 buses it was originally supposed to receive by Oct. 4 of last year, city spokesman Rick DeReyes said.

“The date of the system being operational is still yet to be determined,” DeReyes said.

He said the city will offer another full status update on the project at the end of the month.

ART involves connecting roughly nine miles of Central Avenue via fully electric buses that run mostly in dedicated lanes.

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