NCRTD Adding New Routes in Los Alamos

Anthony J. Mortillaro. PrintScreen/LADP

Staff Report:

Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) and board member, Commissioner Miguel Chavez of Santa Fe County, present an update on the organization to the Los Alamos County Council this evening in Council Chambers.

Commissioner Miguel Chavez of Santa Fe County. PrintScreen/LADP

The NCRTD began service in 2007. It provides free bus transit connecting communities and pueblos throughout the counties of north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos. Further expanding its reach, the signature RTD Blue Buses provide riders with connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit. All of its buses are ADA accessible and equipped with bicycle racks.

NCRTD accomplishments for FY 2013

  • Ridership increased 5.8 percent (national average for 2013 = 1.1 percent) – 201,368 vs 190,186 (Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2013);
  • Audit with no current year findings (FY2013);
  • New district headquarters was completed 8.9 percent below the amended budget;
  • Commenced update of the five year service plan (conducted 16 public meetings);
  • Commenced development of the Intelligent Transportation System hardware and software;
  • Commenced conceptual design for Maintenance Facility;
  • Authorized to commence field evaluation of alternative fuels (CNG and LPG);
  • Received $170,000 in Capital Outlay funding;
  • Launched the transit advertising program as a new revenue source;
  • Highlighted in numerous publications: APTA for largest rider ship increase in 2013 and customer service initiative in the Bus Conference Publication; and
  • CTAA recognition for regional rural transit.

NCRTD is adding five new stops in Los Alamos including the airport, Los Alamos Medical Center, Mari-Mac, Smith’s Market Place and Trinity at Diamond. PrintScreen/LADP

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