Town of Taos Mayor and NCRTD Chair Daniel Barrone drives the RTD 340 Chile Line Red route through Taos greeting and surprising riders on the Blue Bus. Courtesy photo
Today the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has joined with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in Get on Board for Public Transit Day.
To help celebrate, Town of Taos Mayor and NCRTD Chair Daniel Barrone got behind the wheel and drove the RTD 340 Chile Line Red route through Taos greeting and surprising riders on the Blue Bus.
“We want to encourage people from throughout the District to come out and ride public transit, today and every day,” commented Barrone. “Public transit builds community and often people find that once they try it, they see the benefits and continue to do so.”
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get on Board day encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities. Each weekday in the U.S., 34 million people board public transportation.
Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive. Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.
The North Central Regional Transit District provides fare-free and premium fare public transit service to an 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; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española, the Village of Chama and the Towns of Taos and Edgewood; as well as the Pueblos of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Tesuque, Taos, Picuris and the Jicarilla Apache Nation.