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State auditor plans review of Albuquerque’s Route 66 transit

February 23, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state auditor says he’s launching a special audit of the planning and funding behind a new Historic Route 66 rapid transit route in Albuquerque.

State Auditor Wayne Johnson’s announcement came Thursday, a day after Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller’s office confirmed the city’s inspector general also had placed the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project under review.

The state auditor and city’s inspector general have said they are focusing on funding and contracting related to the project, known as ART.

Both have cited concerns that some federal funding for the project has not materialized, despite assurances from now-former Mayor Richard Berry’s administration.

ART remains in development. When it is operational, express buses will serve canopy-covered stations along Central Avenue in Albuquerque.

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This story has been corrected to say the new service remains under development and is not yet operational.

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