On November 25, 2019, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that Rio Metro Regional Transit District would be receiving a $6 million grant from the highly competitive Section 5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities program. FTA received 318 applications requesting a total of $1.9 billion, but could only award 94 projects, including Rio Metro’s, from the $423 million available.
With this grant and an additional $1.5 million in matching funds, Rio Metro will design and construct a new transit facility in Los Lunas to support its Valencia County bus services. The project will include administration/operations and storage buildings; staff, visitor and bus parking areas; utilities; drainage; landscaping; fencing and gates; security cameras and access controls. Pending future funding, the facility will also feature expanded bus parking, a maintenance building, wash bay, and fuel island.
The new facility will enable Rio Metro to relocate its bus administration and operations from two at-capacity facilities leased from the Village of Los Lunas and shared with other Village services. It will also give Rio Metro the ability to enlarge its bus fleet in future years and provide even more service to Valencia County residents.
Land commitments from the New Mexico Department of Transportation and funding support in the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program were also instrumental in the success of Rio Metro’s application.
Design will begin in 2020 and construction is expected to commence in 2021.