- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque has won another legal ruling as it proceeds with construction of a bus rapid transit system.

In a 57-page opinion Tuesday, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling that allowed construction of the $119 million Albuquerque Rapid Transit project to proceed.

Crews already are building a nine-mile network of bus-only lanes and bus stations in the middle of Central Avenue.

Critics say the construction will likely create traffic jams in one of the city’s busiest areas.

Some business owners say the project would spark traffic congestion and ruin the car-friendly persona of the nation’s largest urban stretch of Route 66.

Rapid Transit officials say at least one traffic lane is open in each direction and they’re encouraging people to use Central and support local businesses.

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