Carlsbad City Council approves $2M grant for bus improvements

Increased demand for transportation services in Carlsbad prompted Carlsbad City Council to approve a $2 million grant agreement with the State Of New Mexico for Carlsbad Municipal Transit System (CMTS). 

Councilors passed the grant agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for fiscal year 2023 on Sept. 14.

“Demand does increase and this is why we continue on an annual basis to replenish our fleet (and) continue to ask for expansion buses for expansion areas in town, such as Callaway (Drive) and the north end of town,” said CMTS Director Joshua Moore. 

NMDOT receives funds from the United States Federal Transit Authority (FTA).

A map courtesy of the City of Carlsbad shows Carlsbad Municipal Transit bus routes.

“NMDOT turns around and allocates funding to the sub recipients throughout the State, the different transit agencies,” said Moore.  

The federal government provided $1.3 million and the City of Carlsbad provided $702,000 in matching funds read a memo from Moore to Carlsbad City Councilors.

He said the grant was a continuation of funding the City received from NMDOT.

Operations costs are the largest portion of the grant at $963,000. Federal and City funds were equal at $481,000, read a City Council document.