November 16, 2018 –Mayor Tim Keller’s decision this week to cut ties with electric bus manufacturer Build Your Dreams and pursue alternatives for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project means at least another 18 months before the bus service will be up and running. The electric buses, said Mayor Keller, had serious safety problems, including electrical issues and trouble with the brakes. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss this decision, and the city’s projected move to non-electric buses.
Line Panelists: Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Sophie Martin, attorney
July 20, 2018 – The City of Albuquerque announced it will receive $14 million dollars in federal grant money as reimbursement for expenses related to the Albuquerque Rapid Transit, or ART, project along the Central Avenue corridor. But whether the “promised” $75 million more in grant money will come through remains to be seen. Mayor Tim Keller says the city should learn in the fall if it can count on the money. If not, the city will have to cut back on future infrastructure projects. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the city’s progress in moving the ART project forward.
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator
Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management