Submitted by Norm on Tue, 10/29/2019 - 11:15

Why Rep. Tubbs Jones endorsed Clinton, over Obama, in the 2008 Primary? Payback for Bill funding Cleveland's Healthline Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), making ABQ ART Central the worse BRT Euclid - for WHAT CORRUPTION? But to blame (Councilor Isaac) Benton for the shortcomings of ART is unfair. Let’s put the blame where it squarely belongs: Mayor (Richard) Berry. Owing to my participation on the 21st Century Transportation Task Force (2008) and my stint as a commissioner on the Environmental Planning Commission (2011-2018, representing Benton’s district), I had a front-row seat for how this project developed. At a luncheon shortly after Berry’s election, he looked around the room and said, “Who here supported the streetcar?” He delighted in having killed that project – even though millions of dollars had already been spent in planning. Then, in that way Berry had of reaching into the mayor toolbox and grabbing a tool without knowing what he was trying to fix, he came up with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).