This July, South Central Regional Transit District (SCRTD) will roll out a new “On-Call” service, a pilot project, that will operate as a fixed bus route that can also “flex” to pick up residents who live near the fixed route. The pilot project service is from the northern boundary of Doña Ana (i.e., Thorpe Road), to Elks Drive (eastern boundary), Main and Picacho, (southern boundary) and the Fairacres neighborhood (western boundary).
The SCRTD application for funding from the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) was selected from a competitive group of applicants. This week the Doña Ana County Commissioners approved matching funding to support the project.
The On-Call service is a convenient customized service connecting residents in these neighborhoods to medical appointments, work, school, or other travel needs with just one call. Passengers can simply call the SCRTD customer service line at 575-323-1620 to schedule a pick-up approximately one hour or more in advance. A Transit District dispatcher will direct them to a safe and nearby pick-up point. A small bus will arrive at the nearest safe location within the neighborhood or city for the pickup or return trip.
The bus will take passengers to any job, school, or medical facility located within the city of Las Cruces, including connecting to either other SCRTD routes or RoadRunner bus network. Passengers can make daily or monthly appointments for regular pick-ups. The only restriction will be capacity on the bus or schedule.
The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. Fares are $2.00 ($1.00 for youth, elderly, disabled, or Medicare card holders). Transfer to other bus routes is free. Initially, service this summer will be free.
For more information, a downloadable brochure will be available via the SCRTD website on or before July 1st.
SCRTD provides fixed-route transit service in Doña Ana, Otero, and Sierra Counties. Since 2017, ridership on SCRTD’s four routes has grown more than 300%. Information about SCRTD routes, schedules, and fare can be found at the agency’s website, scrtd.org or by calling 575-323-1620.