Albuquerque’s rapid transit system to begin operations

November 29, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in New Mexico’s largest city say after false starts and delays, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is scheduled to begin operations Saturday.

The new system includes designated bus-only lanes and 19 stops along Central Avenue.

The first ART buses will begin running at 5:45 a.m. Saturday. 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.

Mayor Tim Keller and other officials will be among those on an inaugural ART ride that will start on the city’s west side. They plan to stop in Nob Hill, a popular shopping district, to mark Small Business Saturday.