Pictured during the NCRTD groundbreaking ceremony in Espanold Wedbesday are, from left, Anthony Mortillaro, NCRTD Executive Director; Tomas Campos, Rio Arriba County Manager; NCRTD Vice Chair and Councilor of City of Española, Dennis Tim Salazar; Daniel Barrone, NCRTD Chair and Mayor of the Town of Taos; Commissioner Christine Bustos, Rio Arriba County; John Jarrard, Huitt-Zollars; Eloy Mendez, Weil Construction; Antonio Garcia, Weil Construction; Ian Harmon, Northstar NM LLC; Jon Bulthuis, Deputy Public Works Director, Los Alamos County; Jeff Montoya, Pueblo of Pojoaque; Councilor Sean Williams, Los Alamos County. Photo Courtesy NCRTD
A rendering of the NCRTD Española Maintenance Facility. Courtesy NCRTD
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) today broke ground on the construction of a new maintenance facility to include maintenance repair bays, equipment, vehicle wash bays and a fueling station.
The new 18,000 square foot facility will be located on seven acres behind the Jim West Regional Transit Center which serves as the District headquarters on Riverside Drive in Española. The project is expected to fulfill current vehicle maintenance and upkeep needs as well as be capable of accommodating future operations and fleet expansion.
The $10.9 million project is being funded by the Federal Transit Administration which contributed more than 80 percent of the costs, State of New Mexico Legislative Capital Outlay and Regional Transit Gross Receipts Tax. It is expected to be completed by summer of 2022.
“This is a historic day for the North Central Regional Transit District,” stated Daniel Barrone, NCRTD Chair and Mayor of the Town of Taos. “As we break ground, we are opening a new chapter in a history of progress for the District and providing mobility for the people of northern New Mexico. I would especially like to thank the Federal Transit Administration, our State Legislators and the New Mexico Department of Transportation Transit and Rail Division for their vision which has made this day a reality.”
The New Mexico Department of Transportation Transit and Rail Division worked with NCRTD on the federal application process and in securing additional federal funding and will pass through much of the federal funds. The architects for the project are Huitt-Zollars, Inc and construction contractors are Weil Construction, Inc. both are based in Albuquerque.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free bus service on 27 of 29 routes to a service area that encompasses over 10,000 square miles of north central New Mexico including the Counties of Taos, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe; as well as the Pueblos of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara Tesuque, Taos, Picuris and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.