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Udall Secures Amtrak Commitment To Halt Plans To Replace Portions Of SW Chief Rail Line With Buses

on October 12, 2018 - 6:41am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) secured a commitment from top Amtrak official and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek to stop plans to turn a segment of the Southwest Chief rail line from Dodge City, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico into a bus route during Fiscal Year 2019.
 
Before this public commitment, the Southwest Chief route, which serves several New Mexico communities, faced an uncertain future after Amtrak threatened to withhold millions of dollars in funding necessary to

Roberts: Public Transit Increases Independence, Access To Community

on October 10, 2018 - 8:50am
By DORIS ROBERTS
Executive Director
All Individuals First

As a caretaker for individuals with developmental disabilities and the executive director of All Individuals First, I see firsthand how public transit not only improves the quality of life, but also creates opportunities for empowerment, independence and joy.

Public transit for people with no other means of transportation gives them the same options as everyone—shopping, volunteering, going to the post office, going to work, or taking a fun outing – without relying on someone else to get them there.

All Individuals First works

NMDOT: Roadway Safety During Balloon Fiesta

on October 5, 2018 - 10:11am
NMDOT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE A popular New Mexico tradition – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – kicks off this weekend, which will mean more motorists on our roads and highways.
 
It’s important that drivers pay extra attention to roadway safety and remember not to park on highways and right-of-ways – specifically the interstates, frontage roads, Paseo del Norte, Alameda and Tramway.
 
“We encourage everyone to enjoy the beautiful scenes of the Balloon Fiesta while being safe on the road,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said.

Switzerland Exchange Student Lisa Schutt At Rotary

on October 5, 2018 - 10:01am
Lisa Schutt, the Swiss youth exchange student hosted this school year by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, answered questions following her recent Club presentation. Schutt's parents and sister are involved in fields of medicine. Schutt is enjoying the local high school's opportunities to take elective classes, which are not offered during her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. school day at home. She enjoys skiing, recreational soccer and horseback riding. Rotarians were pleasantly surprised when Schutt shared Swiss chocolate with them. Courtesy photo
 
Rotary Youth Exchange student Lisa Schutt from

RTD Columbus Day Holiday Closure Oct. 8

on October 4, 2018 - 4:06am
NCRTD News:
 
The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses”, with the exception of the RTD 255 Mountain Trail route to the Santa Fe National Forest, will not be in service Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.
 
The RTD 255 Mountain Trail Route will be operating its normal weekday schedule, providing two roundtrips for the day.
 
Regularly scheduled bus service resumes Tuesday, Oct. 8 throughout north central New Mexico.

Senior DOT Official Recognizes NCRTD, Other Rural Public Transportation Agencies For Outstanding Service

on October 4, 2018 - 3:59am
FTA News:
 
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams recognized six rural transit systems Monday that exemplify good community service.
 
The agencies received the Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Public Transportation Service in Rural Public Transportation during the bi-annual National Conference on Rural and Intercity Bus Transportation in Breckenridge, Colo.
 
"These transit agencies have proven their dedication to helping people in rural America access jobs, schools, healthcare, and

Local Transit Is An Integral Part Of Our Community

on October 2, 2018 - 2:23pm
By DAVID IZRAELEVITZ, Chair
Los Alamos County Council 

 

There are many things that a local government provides to its citizens. Parks, roads, and public schools all come to mind, but in my opinion, public transit is one of the most appreciated services that our local government in Los Alamos provides to our community. 

 

Specifically, the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit (ATC) system has really brought parts of the community here together like no other system has done before. Los Alamos County consists of two geographically separated communities: the town site and White Rock.

Chama Mayor: Public Transportation Vital To Connecting Rural Communities To Opportunities

on October 1, 2018 - 7:14am
By BILLY ELBROCK
Mayor, Village of Chama
 
One of the benefits of living in a remote community is the option to “get away from it all” ... to have the opportunity to be in a small town and experience simple living, enjoying nature and outdoor activities.
 
However, the reality is the Village of Chama is 80 to100 miles away from a city of any size. What makes us stand out as a desirable place to live can also be viewed as a drawback to some people.
 
Enter the “Blue Bus” system, formally known as the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD).
 
The Blue Bus is VERY important

Rotary Hears Talks On NCRTD, Panajachel, Scouting

on September 30, 2018 - 5:48pm
Jim Nagle, public information officer for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) the Blue Bus told Rotarians recently about the ballot initiative reauthorizing existing funding for bus services. This is not a tax increase. From fiscal year 2016-17 data, the NCRTD provided almost 800,000 passenger trips in a service area of more than 10,000 square miles. There are 419 bus stops, with a 53-vehicle fleet. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
 
Retired Los Alamos County employee David Griggs, who now lives in Panajachel, Guatemala, recently told the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the

New Mexico Environment Department Awards APS Grant Funding For Early Replacement Of Five Buses

on September 29, 2018 - 10:55am
NMED News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE The Albuquerque Public School District has been awarded $380,626.00 in grant funding from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).
 
The grant provides partial funding for the early replacement of five older, more polluting diesel-fueled school buses with five new gasoline-fueled school buses that meet the current EPA emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles.
 
"These new school buses for the Albuquerque Public Schools will help protect the health of the

Local Young Eagles Program Offers Free Flights Oct. 6

on September 29, 2018 - 8:13am
YOUNG EAGLES News:
 
What if someone told you that students ages 8-17 can have a free flight over the skies of Los Alamos and all you need to do is send an email to request a time?
 
Oct. 6, the local Young Eagles Program is ready to offer free flights, once again to inspire youth about aviation. Local Coordinator April Fox has six pilots and a plethora of volunteers at the ready to answer questions, provide tours and perhaps launch not only free flights, but the next generation of pilots.
 
“The program is free, and all costs are covered by volunteers.

Utility Work On Quartz Begins Tuesday

on September 28, 2018 - 4:49pm

COUNTY News:

Electric crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will undertake a project to replace electric lines on Quartz Street to improve the neighborhood’s electric reliability.

Work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Oct. 2 and continue through the beginning of January.

Through traffic along Quartz will be restricted during the day, Monday through Friday, with traffic detoured to Rim Road. Full access to Quartz will be restored by late afternoon as crews wrap up for the day.

Crews will work in small sections in the roadway to excavate, install conduit and then backfill

La Senda, Pajarito Acres Microsealing Begins Friday

on September 27, 2018 - 10:52am

COUNTY News:

Starting Friday morning, construction crews will begin applying a microseal to all of the roadways in Pajarito Acres and La Senda in White Rock.

Weather allowing, crews anticipate this portion of the project to last 11 days and crews are planning to work 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Expect representatives from the contractor applying the coating to be visiting residents door to door leaving information including the proposed schedule, coordination instructions and contact information.

The contractor is expected to start Friday on cul-de-sacs in La Senda followed

State Police Checkpoints And Saturation Patrols In Counties Across New Mexico In October

on September 26, 2018 - 1:33pm
NMSP News:
 
State Police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints; saturation patrols; and registration, insurance and driver's license checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of October.
 
We are bringing awareness to these events in an effort to reduce alcohol related fatalities through continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving.
 
Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision not to drink and drive.

NMDOT Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinics

on September 21, 2018 - 9:52am
NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) sponsors annual statewide child safety seat clinics 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29.
 
The clinics take place in five cities and six different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
“The NMDOT is pleased to participate in this national traffic safety initiative and to offer this valuable service,” NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church said.

Atomic City Transit Adding Two Electric Buses To Fleet

on September 20, 2018 - 5:04pm
Atomic City Transit is adding two of these Proterra electric buses to its fleet. Courtesy image
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The smell of black exhaust smoke pouring from the tailpipes of Atomic City Transit buses or the sight of transit drivers filling up bus gas tanks will one day be a thing of the past.

Atomic City Transit recently was awarded a Low-or No-Emission (Low-No) grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The $1,859,370 grant will allow Los Alamos County’s transit department to purchase two electric buses as well as two charging

Otero County Crash Survivor Fatally Struck By Passing Car

on September 18, 2018 - 6:25am
NMSP News:
 
OTERO COUNTY At about 5:30 a.m., Sept. 16, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on US Highway 82 around mile post 11 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft.
 
The initial investigation indicated a Hyundai, driven by Jason Clapper, 35, of Alamogordo was traveling west on US 82 at a high rate of speed. For unknown reasons the Hyundai left the roadway and rolled. Clapper, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to exit the vehicle.
 
After the crash, while standing in the west bound lane of US 82 in a dark and unlit area, Clapper was

Anderson Overlook Draws Tourists, Artists, Students

on September 16, 2018 - 6:10am

Tourists were busy taking selfies and artists painting the panoramic view Saturday at Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A group of students and their professor from New Mexico Tech in Socorro on a field trip Saturday to examine local geology across the road from Anderson Overlook. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Traffic Light Replacement Underway On Diamond

on September 15, 2018 - 2:41pm

The traffic light is being replaced today on Diamond Drive near Conoco Hill. Courtesy photo

DOT Announces $1.49 Million For Advanced Bus Technology Project In New Mexico

on September 15, 2018 - 7:50am
DOT News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Aug. 24 $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies.
 
Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.
 
“Communities across America will benefit from these investments in their transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.
 
Eligible projects include the purchase or lease

Fatal Crash On NM 529 In Lea County

on September 14, 2018 - 7:06am
NMSP News:
 
LEA COUNTY Around 5 p.m., Wednesday, the New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash on N.M. 529 west of Hobbs.
 
The initial investigation shows a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse was traveling east on N.M. 529 recklessly and at an excessive rate of speed. The eclipse left the roadway on a curve and began to roll. The driver, Christopher Michael Clayburn, 43, of Artesia was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.
 
Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash and

U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge & Ramp Closures Friday

on September 13, 2018 - 9:51pm

NMDOH News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation continues pavement preservation work on U.S. 84/285 at mile marker 181.00 in Pojoaque near Cities of Gold Casino. 

The U.S. 84/285 Pojoaque Bridge will be CLOSED and the U.S. 84/285 on-ramp to N.M. 502 westbound will be CLOSED 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday. Traffic will be detoured to Cities of Gold Road.

Drivers are urged to watch for workers in the area, observe traffic control signs and reduce speed to the posted speed limit.

Asphalt/Paving Work On Diamond Near 35th Thursday

on September 12, 2018 - 3:26pm

COUNTY News:

Paul Parker Construction, under the supervision of the Los Alamos County Public Works Department/Traffic and Streets Division, will repave a section of road that was recently excavated to repair utility lines on the north side of Diamond Drive near 35 Street.

This work will occur 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 and Friday, Sept. 14.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions in the construction work zone. Motorists may experience some delays.

Drivers are urged to observe the speed limit and traffic control signs.

Direct questions or concerns to the Traffic

Washington Trip Informational Meeting At LAMS Friday

on September 12, 2018 - 8:23am

LAMS News:

 

There will be an informational meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in the Media Center of Los Alamos Middle School regarding this year's Washington, D.C. trip.  

 

Students, parents and those who have already signed up are welcome to attend.

 

The annual 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip is March 23-26, during spring break.

 

For sign-up information, call Roberta Cocking at 505.670.0679 or see Facebook, "LAMS Washington DC Trip".

Bipartisan Senators To House THUD Appropriators: Preserve Funding For Southwest Chief

on September 11, 2018 - 7:48am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas Senators call on House Committee on Appropriations to preserve $50 million in federal funding in the FY19 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill to maintain Amtrak's Southwest Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Michael F.

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