POSTED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:08pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:12pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The City of Las Cruces officially opened the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.
The new $3.6 million building located at Lohman and Alameda will allow residents to wait for the bus in a climate controlled lobby that will keep people warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
"It gives folks a central place to be able to wait and to have a better experience using public transportation," said District 4 Councilor Nathan Small.
The building is also energy efficient with multiple windows and skylights allowing for sunlight to fill the rooms.
The two-story building will also provide space for administrative offices and even a large customer service area for commuters.
As for the name, the city asked for submissions from resident and settled on the Mesilla Valley Intermodal Transit Terminal.
Catalina Maturino came up with the name after hearing the area referred to as the Mesilla Valley when she and her family moved in more than 50 years ago.
Maturino said the building is beautiful with it's earth tones and even the acronym of "Move It" for MVITT suits the facility well.
"I think it's wonderful because it's historic, accurate and to the point," she said.