Santa Fe County exits NCRTD

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By The Staff

Officials continue to express bewilderment over Santa Fe County’s decision to opt out of the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) during its meeting Monday.

What’s so baffling is that Santa Fe County has long been actively involved in the development of what was to be a four-county transit district. So Monday’s 3-to-2 vote by commissioners to withdraw from the NCRTD and form its own separate alliance with the City of Santa Fe was completely unexpected.

“I am very shocked that we pulled out,” said Commissioner Mike Anaya, who chaired the NCRTD until Monday. “The reason the commission pulled out is they wanted full control of the RTD (Regional Transit District) monies and they didn’t want to share it with the rest of the districts and I was against that.”

The City of Santa Fe passed a resolution June 30 to withdraw from the district if Santa Fe County did, and withdrew following Monday’s County Commission vote.

Anaya explained that he tried to convince the other commissioners that the NCRTD is a good thing that benefits all four districts, which included Los Alamos, Taos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. Only Commissioner Virginia Vigil voted with Anaya.

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