July 17, 2009

Bingaman & Udall: $11.38 Million in Stimulus Funding to Improve Bus Services in Albuquerque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing $11.38 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for upgrades to Albuquerque's bus system.

Funding will be used to enhance the operation of ABQ Ride - the city's bus service. Specifically, money will be used to purchase and install fare boxes and related technology on 72 buses; to purchase kiosks and related security equipment for several transit centers and part and ride lots; to upgrade between 350 and 450 bus shelters to include benches, lighting, and other improvements and to purchase four support vehicles.

"Many in Albuquerque depend on public transportation to get to and from work. I am pleased the funding released today will make needed upgrades to help ABQ Ride continue to provide safe and reliable service to the community," Bingaman said.

"By helping Albuquerque improve its buses and bus stations, this Recovery Act funding will create jobs and give more New Mexicans a comfortable, convenient alternative to driving," said Udall.