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City undecided about using federal transit funding


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Part of the federal emergency relief package includes funding for rural transit systems, but the city of Roswell hasn’t made a decision yet whether it will apply for money for the city bus service.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Emergency Services (CARES) Act provides up to $36.47 million for New Mexico rural transit agencies, which could include the city of Roswell, according to staff with the office of Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico.

Applications for funding are to go through the New Mexico Department of Transportation. Specific allotments also were earmarked for some New Mexico cities, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Total transit funding for New Mexico was $133.19 million.

“The city will be reviewing any assistance in the bills to determine any potential impacts on city facilities,” said Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth.

But he added that Pecos Trails Transit did not interrupt its regular operations on March 25 due to financial considerations. That decision was made due to “health concerns — preventing groups of more than five from being gathered together in a confined space on a bus.”

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Wildermuth also explained that residents can still call Pecos Trails for rides for “critical purposes” such as essential employees getting to work sites, for health care appointments or for shopping for essential needs. That number is 575-624-6766.


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