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Faces of ART

The Albuquerque Rapid Transit project team is comprised of a diverse group of people with something in common: the love of Albuquerque and the belief in the potential of Central Avenue to benefit the region. Click to learn more about the people who are working hard to support investment in the future of Albuquerque.

Community Liasons

picture of Matt Payne

What's your role on the ART project?

I’m a community liaison; I function as both an ambassador for the city and for the people of Albuquerque. I am working with both the people of Albuquerque and ABQ RIDE to build a brighter future for our city.

What were you doing before you worked on this project?

I was working on my BBA at Anderson School of Management at UNM and was the Small Animal Department Manager at Clark’s Pet Emporium.

What's the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part of my job is also the most satisfying part. Providing information and a service to the people of Albuquerque and helping acquire the information we need so that we can do the best job we can improving our community.

What's your favorite part of Rt.66?

That’s tough, I live in Nob Hill so I love the businesses and walkability of Nob Hill and the University area. But the view from the West Side of the City and surrounding landscape is beautiful.

picture of Julie Amstadt

What's your role on the ART project?

I am one of the Community Liaisons for the ART Project. I speak directly to the businesses to gather and give information related to the ART project.

What were you doing before you worked on this project?

I'm a full time student at the University of New Mexico majoring in Strategic Communication. I will be graduating this May and I am excited to be able to devote my full time to my career.

What's the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part of my job is getting into communication with businesses that have no online presence.

What's the most satisfying part of your job?

I love working for a project that I truly believe will be beneficial for Albuquerque.

What's your favorite part of Rt.66?

My favorite part of Route 66 is Nob Hill! Nob Hill has it all, with its shopping, dining, drinking and fun. I can't wait to see how this project improves it!

picture of Channing Hofman

What's your role on the ART project?

I am one of the Community Liaisons with ART, reaching out and talking to businesses in regards to the project, their concerns, and issues concerning the upcoming construction.

What were you doing before you worked on this project?

Before this, I was living in NYC, where I was working for an online local foods grocery. I came to Albuquerque to study urban planning, which is how I got involved with ART.

What's the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part is hearing all the negativity surrounding this project. It seems like such a natural and positive progression for this city, yet there is so much animosity out there towards it.

What's the most satisfying part of your job?

The most satisfying aspect is getting to meet all the folks who own and run businesses on Central. There are so many unique stories from so many different people, and they are all so invested in their business. It's joy to be able to talk with them and get to know Albuquerque through their eyes.

What's your favorite part of Rt.66?

I guess this would be the same answer as what I like about the job. Route 66 has such diversity of character, and it all shines through the hardworking folks who have made Route 66 their home in one way or another.

picture of Erick Nava

What's your role on the ART project?

As Community Liaison, I act as a link between the City and the Albuquerque community. I’m in constant interaction with the community, helping in any capacity as it pertains to the ART project.

What were you doing before you worked on this project?

I was in Santa Fe working as a legislative assistant at the New Mexico State Legislature.

What's the hardest part of your job?

Sometimes working with people who aren’t comfortable with change can be a challenge. But it’s up to people like me and the other community liaisons to help create change in order to build a foundation that is not only attractive to our future generations, but also helps keep our fellow New Mexicans in the state.

What's the most satisfying part of your job?

Working with a very knowledgeable team to overcome obstacles and being able to assure the community that this project really will impact Albuquerque in a very positive way.

What's your favorite part of Rt.66?

I really enjoy driving on Central just past Tramway up to the Route 66 Musical Road and listening to “American the Beautiful.” I don’t know if a lot of people know about it, but it’s really cool. I also like watching all the different cars cruising Central in the summertime!