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A major transportation project along Albuquerque’s stretch of historic Route 66 has unearthed remnants of the city’s original trolley system.

Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports construction crews stumbled upon what’s believed to be pieces from the trolley system while working last week along Central Avenue.
The chunks of steel are being donated to the Albuquerque Museum.

Michael Silva with the Albuquerque Trolley Co., a private venture that operates tours in the city, says the original street car system shut down in 1927 as automobiles and roads began to take over.

The current construction project will transform Central Avenue into a rapid transit corridor with a nine-mile stretch of bus-only lanes and bus stations. The $119 million project is scheduled to be done by the end of the year.