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September 19, 2013

Montaño Transit Center Breaks Ground in Albuquerque

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

A $7.5 million project that broke ground in Albuquerque will serve both ABQ RIDE and New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express. The Montaño Transit Center will primarily accommodate travelers in North Valley and in the Montaño/Montgomery river-crossing corridor. 

“We think this will help with some of the redevelopment and development within this portion in the valley,” said Bruce Rizzieri, director of ABQ RIDE.

Vector Engineering is the designer and G. Sandoval Construction is the contractor. The latter is known to have managed the construction of Las Cruces’ Intermodal Transit Center that opened this summer, reports Albuquerque Business First. The hub is designed in a Pueblo Revival style with a rail platform, a parking lot with 291 spaces, bike racks, lockers and free Wi-Fi.

“This new transit center is great news for not just the North Valley but the greater Albuquerque metro area,” Commissioner Debbie O’Malley said in a statement on the groundbreaking. “This new facility provides more options to travelers, from taking a ride on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, to catching a bus, organizing a carpool or commuting by bicycle.” She is the advocate for the project who applied for $6.7 million in federal funds that made the project possible.

Completion date is set for January 2014.

Photo courtesy of Bernalillo County.

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