For Immediate Release Contact: Megan Arredondo, DOT
August 7, 2009 (505) 660-2073
Governor Bill Richardson Announces Plans to Establish
Park and Ride Service between Las Cruces and El Paso
Service on schedule to begin by end of the month
SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced that plans to establish a Park and Ride route
between Las Cruces and El Paso are on schedule to begin service Monday, August 31.
“With 30,000 commuters making their way between the Las Cruces and El Paso every weekday, this
investment in public transportation is good for the environment and the economy,” said Governor Bill
Richardson. “We have worked closely with our neighbors in Texas to ensure that this service benefits
both sides of the border and I applaud the efforts to make this program a success.”
New Mexico Transportation Secretary Gary L. J. Girón said public transit is an integral part of the
Department’s multi-modal vision. “Park and Ride has already proven to be a success in New Mexico—
providing more than 316,000 passenger trips and reducing 11.1 million vehicle miles traveled on our
state’s busiest highways —it is important that we expand to other areas of the state that could clearly use a
service such as this,” Girón said.
"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."
Currently, New Mexico Park and Ride provides more than 120 daily departures on the nine different
routes and includes connecting service to the Rail Runner Express.
To service the corridor between Las Cruces and El Paso, 57-passenger buses would operate between
downtown El Paso’s Sun Metro terminal, Anthony, TX. New Mexico State University and the City of Las
Cruces downtown terminal, with plans for additional stops at El Paso Sun Metro’s West Side Transit
Center which is expected to open in early 2010.
The service would include a total of 19 buses trips each weekday – 10 from Las Cruces to El Paso in the
morning and 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 $120 for a
systemwide pass. Schedules and the purchase of monthly passes will be available online at
The new service would cost approximately $904,324 per year including fuel. A grant from the Texas
Department of Transportation administered through El Paso County will provide about $257,000 for the
project. New Mexico Department of Transportation will provide the remainder of the funds that are not
covered by fares. Connecting transit services will be available in El Paso by Sun Metro and in Las Cruces
by Road Runner Transit.
Public seeking additional information can contact NMDOT’s New Mexico Park and Ride contractor at
(505) 424-1110 or visit the Website at www.nmparkandride.com.