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 (July 2021)
Design of the VCTF is approximately 30% complete. While the design team is still hammering out the last few details of the site plan—what goes where—it is now focusing in greater detail on the administration building.
The 8,000-square foot administration building is the centerpiece of the VCTF. Styled after the metal-roofed agricultural buildings found up and down NM 47, the administration building will house the dispatchers and supervisors who coordinate rides for the public and make sure our bus routes and dial-a-ride services run smoothly throughout the day. It will also provide Rio Metro’s drivers with the locker, exercise, and break rooms that can make a hectic day a bit easier to manage.
In order for the administration building to meet its highest potential, Rio Metro and its consultants are identifying the most appropriate audio/visual, security, telephone, IT, radio, heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical solutions. The design team also desires to incorporate energy efficiency improvements in pursuit of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Electricity-generating solar panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, water-wise fixtures, rainwater-harvesting landscaping, and more, will reduce the VCTF’s environmental footprint and help conserve the Village of Los Lunas’ resources.
- 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
- December 2021 (tentative): Rio Metro completes design and bids project
- February 2022 (tentative): Construction contractor begins construction
- December 2022 (tentative): 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 administration and storage buildings; 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.