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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 19:09
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- The City of Las Cruces broke ground on the first intermodal transit center in downtown Las Cruces Tuesday morning.
The $3.6 million two-story building will be a centralized location on Lohman and Alameda providing residents with many different forms of public transportation.
"There will be more people using the bus system," said Clara Padilla who has relied on the RoadRunner Transit ti get around town for about 20 years.
Funding for the center came primarily from the federal government. The city was only required to pay about 20 percent of the total cost.
For bus riders like Padilla, the center will be a place where they can cool off from the scorching summer heat once the building is completed.
"The biggest thing for me is that I will be able to drink water all day," Padilla said.
The center will also feature a concession stand and public restrooms.
Mayor Ken Miyagishima said the building will be energy efficient.
"We recognize and value building a good building that our public can have, but is also energy efficient and uses our publics resources wisely," Miyagishima said.
Future buildings in the city will also be built under high energy efficiency standards.
The transit center is expected to be completed by Spring 2013.