- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted Albuquerque’s plans for building a rapid transit route along a stretch of Historic Route 66 amid a challenge from businesses.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that it wanted both sides to argue their cases before work could begin.

Construction on project was scheduled to start this week after a federal judge declined Friday to issue an injunction against a $119-million project backed by Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. The project would build a system of express buses and canopy-covered stations.

Business owners say the project would spark traffic congestion and ruin the car-friendly persona of the largest urban stretch of Route 66 in the country.

The appeals court gave the Federal Transit Administration and the city of Albuquerque until Tuesday to respond to an appeal by a coalition of businesses.

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