Unused bus stops for a delayed rapid transit system along Route 66 in Albuquerque are costing the city hundreds of thousands to maintain.
KOAT-TV reports records show the city of Albuquerque spent more than $300,000 to maintain the empty bus stops. The money was used to pick the garbage, power wash and for electricity at 19 bus stops.
Albuquerque’s bus system spokesman Rick De Reyes says the city has an obligation to keep the empty stops clean.
The multimillion-dollar Albuquerque Rapid Transit, known as ART, was supposed to be running by the end of 2017 but it has yet to launch.
The city recently shipped more than a dozen electric buses back to the manufacturer after Albuquerque officials said they weren’t working properly.
Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html