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Plans to create a new bus rapid transit system along historic Route 66 are generating intense controversy in Albuquerque.

Supporters say it will bring economic development, more walkable streets and make it easier for residents across the river to access jobs. Business owners fear construction and increased congestion will mean fewer customers.

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The city of Albuquerque received word Tuesday that it got the OK on federal support to build a bus rapid transit system.

 

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project would create dedicated bus lanes in the middle of Central Avenue. It's expected to cost the city nearly $120 million dollars with – about $70 million coming from the Federal Transit Administration according to President Obama’s budget.

 

Numerous businesses along Central fear prolonged construction and congestion that could deter customers.