ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Albuquerque want to attract businesses to the western part of the city's Route 66.

Business advocates and city officials will make the case for Albuquerque's Route 66 on Saturday at an event designed to draw attention to the opportunity along the historic road.

The move comes as city officials have face criticism for the construction along Albuquerque's Route 66 for a new rapid-bus route.

New Mexico has the longest stretch of Route 66 passing through urban communities.

The project is one of many efforts in New Mexico that are aimed at revitalizing areas along Route 66.

Decommissioned as a U.S. highway in 1985, Route 66 went through eight states.