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Bus Connections Impacted on Christmas Eve

transit connectionsOn Wednesday, December 24, 2015, Christmas Eve, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be running on a regular weekday schedule. However, several buses connecting to the train will be operating on modified schedules, and some bus connections have been cancelled. Below is a list of modified and cancelled bus routes.

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Job Posting: Facilities/Maintenance Worker

job opportunity logoThe Mid-Region Council of Governments is accepting resumes for the position of Facilities/Maintenance Worker for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Resumes should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2015.

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Speed Restrictions Lifted at Rail Runner Crossings in Santa Fe

rr-crossingTrains will resume operating at normal speeds through the corridor on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
Santa Fe residents will now see an even higher level of safety at Rail Runner crossings in their area. This move follows a collaborative four-month review of those crossings by Rio Metro Regional Transit District, the Federal Railroad Administration, the NM Department of Transportation, the NM Public Regulation Commission, and the City of Santa Fe.

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Text 2 Win Rail Safety Contest

safety-text-winThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express wants to reward you for being safe on the train and around the tracks. Starting on November 17, 2014, we are hosting a Rail Safety Contest for our passengers. Keep your eyes on the train’s digital video monitors for a question of the week. Passengers who text in the correct answer will be eligible for a weekly prize! 

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Free Annual Passes for Veterans with VHIC Card

american-flagSERVICE CONNECTS US. Our veterans can now ride the New Mexico Rail Runner Express for free. The Rail Runner has launched a pilot program that gives veterans with a VHIC (VA card) an annual pass to ride the train. The program started on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and runs through December 31, 2015.*

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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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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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