Valencia County Transit Facility
Welcome to the project page for the Valencia County Transit Facility (VCTF), the future home of Rio Metro’s bus services in Valencia County located near the intersection of NM 6 and 47 in the Village of Los Lunas. Check in here each month for an update on the project’s progress.
Latest Update (August 2022)
Rio Metro is excited to announce that it has completed design of the Valencia County Transit Facility and issued a request for proposals for construction on August 21, 2022. Contractors have until September 22 to review the construction plans, pose questions to the design team, and submit their proposals. Rio Metro aims to review these proposals and select a contractor in October, and to kick off construction in November. Construction is anticipated to take 10 months, with staff and vehicles relocating to the facility in Fall 2023.
In the meantime, the design team is coordinating with the Village of Los Lunas, utility companies and other agencies to address any issues associated with permitting and utility relocations/connections prior to construction. This will help smoothen the transition between design and construction.
- June 2019: Rio Metro submits 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities grant application to FTA
- November 2019: FTA awards $6 million grant to Rio Metro for Phase 1 design and construction
- July 2020: FTA approves Rio Metro’s categorical exclusion (environmental) document
- September 2020: Rio Metro’s environmental consultant, Parametrix, completes required archaeological investigation
- October 2020: Rio Metro begins design with consultants Bohannan-Huston and Studio Southwest Architects
- August 2022: Rio Metro completes design and issues request for proposals
- September-October 2022: Rio Metro receives and reviews proposals, and selects contractor
- November 2022: Contractor begins construction
- Fall 2023: Construction complete. Staff and vehicles relocate to VCTF.
In 2010, Rio Metro accepted responsibility for the transit services previously operated by the Village of Los Lunas and the City of Belen. As part of this transition, the Village leased office space to Rio Metro at the Los Lunas Transportation Center (LLTC) to house administration staff, and also leased space at the Village’s Fleet Maintenance Yard for Rio Metro’s buses and minivans. Today, the LLTC and the yard are at capacity, and the Village would like to use the space Rio Metro is currently leasing to better serve its growing community.
This arrangement is also no longer ideal for Rio Metro. Because the yard is at capacity, Rio Metro cannot increase its fleet size in order to provide additional service. Also, each bus driver loses time traveling between the LLTC and the yard at the beginning and end of their shifts—time that could otherwise be spent transporting residents.
In response to these needs, Rio Metro applied for and was awarded a $6 million grant in 2019 from FTA’s highly competitive Section 5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities program to design and construct Phase 1 of the VCTF in Los Lunas. Phase 1 will include an administration building; staff, visitor and bus parking areas; utilities; drainage; landscaping; fencing and gates; security cameras and access controls. Pending future funding, Phase 2 will feature a maintenance building, expanded bus parking, bus wash, and fuel island.
The project will be located at the intersection of NM 47 and Lambros Loop, on a vacant, 8-acre parcel owned by NMDOT and leased to Rio Metro.