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Albuquerque's rapid transit system to begin operations

Nov 29, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico's largest city say after false starts and delays, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is expected to begin operations Saturday.The new system includes designated bus-only lanes and 19 stops along Central Avenue.The Albuquerque Journal reports the first ART bus is expected to leave the station at 5:20 a.m. Saturday. Buses will continue running through 11 p.m. that day.Transportation officials say ambassadors will be stationed at each stop to answer questions and help direct passengers.Rides will be free through Dec. 31.Law enforcement says there are plans to issue warning citations and eventually fines for people who drive or park vehicles in the bus lanes.The long-embattled transit project was put on hold last year over issues with buses made by the original vendor.