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2nd Annual Santa's Village Event

santa-villageOn Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District is hosting the second annual Santa’s Village at the Santa Fe Railyard. This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year, with more activities, interactive displays, free mini-train rides, food vendors, and, of course, pictures with Santa! There will also be extra New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains this year to accommodate our guests. Don’t forget to save the date for this very special event! 

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Your Connection to This Year's Holiday Festivals

festival-trees-abq-smThe holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about all of the amazing craft fairs, art festivals and other holiday activities that New Mexico has to offer. Whether you’re traveling to Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Belen, make a fun day of it by taking the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to your favorite craft fair or holiday event.

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New Transportation Option for Low-Income Individuals

bike-wheelLow-income individuals now have another sustainable alternative for transportation to and from work. Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program has recently entered into a partnership with the City of Albuquerque’s Esperanza Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike program. The partnership allows JARC participants to earn a bicycle, providing them with a good method of transportation beyond the limited timeframe of the assistance provided by JARC.

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Take the Train to the Albuquerque People's Festival

peoples-festivalTake the train to the Albuquerque's newest festival this coming Veterans Day weekend, November 8-9. The Albuquerque People’s Festival is a new event connecting people to people, and people to information. Celebrate and experience New Mexico in all of its wonder with information and events such as a matanza, music, chile & salsa competition, artisans & military section, kids zone, bike run/show, hot air balloons, job fair and silent auction. Exit the train and exit at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station. Courtesy shuttles will escort patrons to and from the station to Balloon Fiesta Park.

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Job Opening: Rio Metro Operator/Bus Driver

job-opportunity-logoThe Mid-Region Council of Governments/Rio Metro Regional Transit District (MRCOG/RMRTD) seeks professional(s) to transport passengers for curb to curb and fixed route bus service in the Valencia County offices. Under direct supervision of the Transit Manager, operates public transit buses, collects fares, transports passengers, secures wheelchairs of passengers with disabilities and performs safety inspection of bus equipment. Successful candidates will provides service in a courteous, safe and timely manner, while conforming to all applicable state and federal laws as they relate to passenger bus transportation. Candidates must be able to exercise sound judgment in stressful situations.

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RFP: Insurance Broker Services

RFPThe Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) invite qualified firms to submit proposals to provide Insurance Broker Services. Proposals are due November 11, 2014, 12:00 p.m. (MDT). Links to the RFP and draft contract are available below.

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RFP: Contract Bus Service

RFP

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) invites qualified individuals and firms to submit proposals to provide contracted bus services for the RMRTD service area.  Proposals are due November 13, 2014, 12:00 p.m. (MST).

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Employee Profile: Meet Karissa

karissa-smallKarissa Offutt has lived all over the country, and even outside of the United States. However, Karissa, who was born in New Mexico, is happy to once again call the Land of Enchantment home. Nine months ago, after trying to get on board as a Ticket Agent with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express for more than two years, she received a call informing her that a position had opened up and she was offered the job. Karissa left New Jersey, where she was working as a substitute teacher, and made the three day drive to New Mexico to accept the position.

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New Weekend Bus Service Connects Rail Runner to Jemez

jemez-smallThe Pueblo of Jemez began operating a new weekend bus route this September, providing free round-trip public transportation between the New Mexico Rail Runner Express Sandoval / US 550 station and Valles Caldera National Preserve. This new route will offer people greater opportunity to access Jemez Pueblo, the Village of Jemez and the Valles Caldera.

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Rio Metro Wins Five Regional Marketing Awards

swta-awards-2014-smallThe Rio Metro Regional Transit District Marketing and Customer Service Department received five marketing awards this September from the South West Transit Association - more than any other transit organization! The awards were presented to Jay Faught, Rio Metro Marketing Manager, on September 16, 2014 during the Spotlight Awards Ceremony in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Film Industry Shines Light on the Rail Runner

better-call-saulThe film industry continues to take New Mexico by storm. And what other iconic brand would be more appropriate than the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to show the world how beautiful our state really is?

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