Bus Maintenance Building Opens in City

North Central Regional Transit District Facility Director David Funck Sr. presents the inside of the District’s new maintenance facility. Including five bays, a 10,000 pound overhead crane and an alignment machine, the facility’s total square footage is 21,622 square feet.

North Central Regional Transit District hosted a ribbon cutting on Sept. 15 in dedication of their new maintenance facility. The seven acre facility holds a wash bay and fueling station and is located behind the District headquarters at 1327 N. Riverside Dr.

“This ribbon cutting represents the culmination of a 9-year endeavor in achieving this milestone,” North Central Regional Transit District Public Information Officer Jim Nagle said. 

The event hosted speakers including Senator Leo Jaramillo, District Chair and City of Española Councilor Dennis Tim Salazar, representatives for Senator Ben Ray Lujan and Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez, Federal Transit Administration Senior Advisor Veronica McBeth and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s infrastructure advisor Martin Chavez.

“Now, rather than towing a bus to Santa Fe for repair, the mechanics at NCRTD will repair buses in-house. And, equally important, the new facility will help the buses in better mechanical shape, and allow common tasks like tooling and washing to take place on-ite,” McBeth said. “So this will save money.”

The facility has been in development since 2013, and the site was purchased for construction in 2009. The project cost totalled $11,014,535 with federal funds contributing 73 percent and a local match contributing 27 percent. The Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grant and 5339 Bus and Facilities and 5311 grants were awarded to the transit agency to help fund the facility. 

“It consists of five maintenance bays, fleet and facilities administrative offices, parts and inventory space, a bus wash facility and fueling area. Green building standards were employed and allowed for energy efficient design, water recycling and conservation in the recapture of runoff water. It also allows increased quality and safety control, cost savings and more efficient responsiveness by reducing reliance on off-site vendors and providing us with direct oversight on vehicle repairs and routine maintenance,” Nagle said.

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