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Posted on: October 27, 2020

Blog Post: Design for Valencia County Transit Facility Underway

Valencia County Transit Facility Mock Up

The design for Rio Metro's Valencia County Transit Facility is underway. This new facility will enable Rio Metro to relocate its bus administration and operations from two at-capacity facilities leased from the Village of Los Lunas and shared with other Village services. It will also give Rio Metro the ability to enlarge its bus fleet in future years and provide even more service to Valencia County residents.  

This first phase will feature administration/operations and storage buildings, a customer service area, and staff, visitor and bus parking. Pending additional funding, future phases will include expanded bus parking as well as a maintenance building, wash bay, and fuel island. These future improvements will, however, be considered during the current design effort.    

Preceding engineering activities, the architectural phase will develop a building, site and landscaping design that reflects the Valencia County’s unique context. Rio Metro will also incorporate energy efficiency improvements and quite possibly pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Design is anticipated to conclude in the summer of 2021 with construction following close behind in the fall. Construction is expected to conclude in 2022.  

This project is made possible by a Section 5339(b) Bus and Bus Facilities grant from the Federal Transit Administration and a land commitment from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The design team is led by Bohannan-Huston and Studio Southwest Architects.

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