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UPDATED: Las Cruces-El Paso Commuter Bus Service Begins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ridership for first morning of Park and Ride program was light

 

The Park and Ride program providing commuter bus service between Las Cruces and El Paso is up and running.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reported that officials with All Aboard America, the contractor operating the program, reported little to no problems with the opening of the service Tuesday morning.

The newspaper said ridership was light Tuesday morning. The majority of the riders were going to El Paso, while buses from El Paso’s Union Terminal were mostly empty.

The bus service, which will be running on weekdays, continues this afternoon and evening.

A one-way fare costs $3, while monthly passes are $90, according to the Sun-News.

 

 


 

Friday, 28 August 2009 13:34

 

Transportation officials are preparing for Tuesday’s start of Park and Ride express bus service between Las Cruces, Anthony, Texas, and El Paso, Texas.

 

The officials, joined by state and local officials from both New Mexico and Texas, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Las Cruces on Friday for the new Park and Ride Gold Route, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

 

The news release said that four 57-passenger buses will operate weekdays between downtown El Paso’s Union Pacific Terminal, Lowes Big 8 Market in Anthony, Texas, New Mexico State University and the city Las Cruces’ Downtown Transit Terminal, with plans for an additional stop at El Paso Sun Metro’s West Side Transit Center that is expected to open early next year.

 

“With nearly twice as many commuters traveling between Dona Ana and El Paso counties as those traveling between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, it makes sense to provide a public transportation option that will benefit both sides of the border,” said New Mexico Transportation Secretary Gary L.J. Giron. “In addition, people can save thousands in commuting costs, not to mention the wear and tear on their vehicles.”

 

The service will include 19 bus trips each weekday, 10 from Las Cruces to El Paso and nine from El Paso to Las Cruces, according to the news release. In addition, two of the stops will connect with the Park and Ride Silver Route that connects Las Cruces to White Sands Missile Range.

 

The news release said fares will be $3 each direction, $90 for a monthly pass or $150 for a system-wide pass.

 

For additional information, call NMDOT’s New Mexico Park and Ride contractor at (505) 424-1110 or visit the Park and Ride Web site by clicking here.

 

 


 

Friday, 07 August 2009 13:49

 

A Park and Ride route between Las Cruces and El Paso could be a reality soon.

 

Gov. Bill Richardson said Friday that plans are on schedule for the bus service to begin Aug. 31.

 

“With 30,000 commuters making their way between Las Cruces and El Paso every weekday, this investment in public transportation is good for the environment and the economy,” Richardson said in a news release.

 

The service would cost about $904,324 per year including fuel, according to the news release. A grant from the Texas Department of Transportation administered through El Paso County will provide about $257,000, while the New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide the remainder of the funds that are not covered by fares.

 

“The Texas Department of Transportation is excited to participate in this project,” said Eric Gleason, TxDOT director of public transportation. “This new route will enable residents of both states to make their daily commute with one less transportation barrier in place.”

 

Plans call for the Park and Ride service to be provided by 57-passenger buses that would operate between downtown El Paso’s Sun Metro terminal, Anthony, Texas, New Mexico State University and the city of Las Cruces downtown terminal, the news release said. Plans also call for additional stops at El Paso Sun Metro’s West Side Transit Center, which is expected to open early next year.

 

According to the news release, the service would include 19 bus trips each weekday — five from Las Cruces to El Paso in the morning and five in the evening, and five from El Paso to Las Cruces in the morning and four in the evening. In addition, two of the stops would connect with the Silver Route that connects Las Cruces to White Sands Missile Range.

 

Fares are expected to cost $3 each direction, $90 for a monthly pass or $150 for a systemwide pass, the news release said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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