The NCRTD service area covers more than 10,000 square miles of North Central New Mexico and extends from Chama (Rio Arriba County) and Costilla (Taos County) in the north at the Colorado state line to Edgewood, more than 175 miles south in southern Santa Fe County.
This is just one of the ways NCRTD used this past year to move into new territory and expand on operations and administration, within and at times under budget. On September 12, 2014, the North Central Regional Transit District celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its creation.
The NCRTD fleet consists of 41 buses: three 40-passenger buses, four 28-passenger buses, one 25-passenger bus, six 18-passenger buses, 19 12-14-passenger buses, four 8-passenger buses and four 5-passenger buses. A contingency fleet of 20 percent is maintained at all times in accordance with FTA regulations and guidelines. The NCRTD is currently investigating the viability of converting the fleet to the use of alternative fuels and thereby increase the environmental sustainability of the District. As a result, two alternative fuel vehicles were purchased; one to run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and another on LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). The goal is to test each fuel to determine the best option for the ultimate conversion of the entire fleet. We are excited to start testing and analyzing the results of these new sustainable vehicles.
The consolidation of the Taos Chile Line, now the RTD Chile Line, resulted in nine additional vehicles coming under RTD ownership.
The District continues to maintain additional fleet storage in each of its four counties with three vehicles in the City of Santa Fe at the All aboard America! administration and maintenance facility, one housed at the Edgewood Volunteer Fire Station, five in Taos County and one in Chama. In FY2016, the NCRTD will purchase nine new replacement vehicles: Four 14-passenger, four 13-passenger and one 29-passenger vehicle. When complete, NCRTD will create more transit options across more areas. That’s more improved bus service and improved roadways and bridges for people on the go