ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A public meeting erupted into shouts of opposition and chaos late Wednesday as city officials tried to explain the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project to an angry crowd.
It was the first of a series of five meetings planned this week and next to address construction plans for the $119 million project, which would involve a system of dedicated bus lanes and stations along Central Avenue, the old Route 66.
One woman held a “Stop Ruining My Neighborhood” sign. Others shouted out questions and interrupted city transit officials who were trying to get everyone to break into small groups for more focused discussion.
At one point, a man stood on a chair. Atop the chair, Anthony Anella, an architect, announced that the city was trying to divide and conquer the crowd rather than let people ask questions.