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Montaño transit center open for business

The ribbon was cut on the Montaño Transit Center on Monday, officially opening a new hub for Rail Runner trains and ABQ Ride buses.

The $7.1 million station serves the North Valley, as well as the Montaño/Montgomery corridor.

The four-acre center includes a 290-space parking lot, bus bays, bike racks and lockers, and free Wi-Fi service.

ABQ Ride’s Route No. 157-Montaño/Uptown/Kirtland will serve the center seven days a week.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter train will make seven north and southbound stops at the center on weekdays, four on Saturdays and three on Sundays.

Albuquerque Transit Department Director Bruce Rizzieri called the center “a foundation for planning for a future ABQ Ride service in the North Valley, as well as east-west connections, such as Montaño-Montgomery, and connections to a Rail Runner station. Its green features, such as LED lighting and solar panels, will also serve as a template for similar station construction in the future.”

G. Sandoval Construction was the project contractor.

Seventy-eight percent of the station funding came from the federal government, the remainder from local sources.

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