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Bus Rapid Transit Update

brt-prototype-exampleBus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a reliable, frequent and effortless type of transit where buses travel in dedicated lanes throughout the city, allowing them to operate with little to no interference from other traffic. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the City of Albuquerque are pursuing BRT along Central Ave. and University Blvd. as two parts of one system, and are exploring future expansions to Paseo del Norte and other corridors.

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Ride, Text & Win This July!

hinkle-bdayRide the train for a chance to win some great prizes this month! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has partnered with Hinkle Family Fun Center to bring you Ride, Text & Win. From July 8-28, passengers simply need to text in the key word that appears on the train's television monitor for a chance to win Rail Runner Play Passes and more. There will be a different key word each day, as well as a daily prize drawing. At the end of each week, winners of the daily prize drawings will be entered in to a separate drawing for a weekly grand prize.

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Eight Years of Building Community

bookdrive3Since our inception eight years ago, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express has worked to build relationships with organizations in our community that focus on safety, education, health and volunteerism. Many of these relationships have turned in to long-term partnerships, with Rail Runner staff serving on committees and becoming involved with community outreach and volunteer efforts. Just this past year, Rail Runner staff has been involved with a book drive, community events, safety outreach and more.

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Rio Metro Wins Six International Awards

comm-award-multipleThe International Academy of Visual Arts honored Rio Metro with six marketing awards in May 2014. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring the creative excellence for communications professionals.

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National Train Day 2014 Was a Huge Success!

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The Rio Metro Regional Transit District would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make National Train Day 2014 a huge success. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, community partners and local businesses, more than 5,000 attendees enjoyed an afternoon of family fun.

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Trip Planning Now Available Through Google

google-map-smallPlanning your trip on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is now easier than ever. Web mapping service provider, Google, has added Rio Metro’s Rail Runner and commuter buses to its transit database. Passengers can type their destination location and arrival or departure times into the web based program and their computers or smart phones will map out a step by step transit route to take.

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Security Officers on the Rail Runner

security-small2You may start noticing some new faces on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Starting Monday, March 31st, security officers will begin working for the Rio Metro Regional Transit District to provide an extra level of safety for train passengers and crews. Herzog Transit Services, the operating contractor for the Rail Runner, recently hired International Strategic Partners for a pilot project to have eight security officers patrol various trains, platforms and parking lots.

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Free Casino Shuttles Meet the Rail Runner

casino-shuttleCasinos have become a popular destination for local New Mexicans as well as visitors to the state. In addition to offering entertainment, they also provide employment for hundreds of New Mexico residents. With free connecting shuttles to five casinos in central New Mexico, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is an easy way for visitors and employees alike to access these casinos for work or play.

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ABQ RIDE Route 251 Schedule Change

abq-ride-rte-251Rio Rancho/Albuquerque Rail Runner Connection
Due to construction on Paseo del Norte, ABQ RIDE will be making some temporary, minor adjustments to Route 251 beginning Monday, March 3, 2014. These changes will be in effect until further notice.

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Dial-a-Ride Service in Rio Rancho

bus-rio-ranchoFor many senior and disabled adult residents of Rio Rancho, finding a ride to the doctor’s office, a hair appointment or even the grocery store can be a challenge. Rio Metro’s Dial-a-Ride service in Rio Rancho is an easy and affordable way to connect these individuals to the places they need to go.

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Mobile Tickets Accepted on the Bus

mobile-ticketBeginning Monday, February 10, 2014 passengers can leave their paper tickets behind!  Nearly two years ago, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express began accepting mobile e-tickets on the train.  But those transferring to a bus had to print the ticket and show it to a bus driver to make the free transfer.  That process will now be a thing of the past.

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