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Explore New Mexico: Spotlight on the Village of Los Lunas

los lunas logoThe Village of Los Lunas has a rich and colorful history dating back to the early 1700’s. The railroad arrived in the late 1800’s, facilitating the movement of passengers, livestock and merchandise. The railroad continues to play an important role in the Village, and Los Lunas is one of the 14 stops along the New Mexico Rail Runner Express corridor. Take the Rail Runner to Los Lunas to explore the great food, shopping and history that the village has to offer.

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Public Comments Welcome: Valencia Co. Service Improvement Plan

bus rio ranchoThe Rio Metro Regional Transit District is evaluating options to improve transit services in Valencia County in response to growth and economic development in the region. Rio Metro's Valencia County Service Improvement Plan includes potential bus routes that serve key roads, businesses and popular destinations. Written comments and requests for a public hearing will be accepted through Thursday, March 12, 2015.

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Employee Profile: Meet the Valencia Co. Dispatch Team

dispatch group smWhen you call Rio Metro’s Los Lunas office to ask a question or schedule a trip on the Dial-a-Ride, one of three friendly voices will answer your call. Martha Garley, Lupe Maltos and Denise Kurtz are the women behind those friendly voices. Martha, Lupe and Denise are dispatchers for Rio Metro Valencia, and are a crucial part of Rio Metro’s transit operations in Los Lunas, Belen, and the surrounding communities.

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Children's Book Drive Begins February 15

book driveDrop off new and gently used children's books on the Rail Runner.
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is proud to continue our sponsorship of the annual Read to Me Book Drive. From February 15 to March 31, 2015, Albuquerque area businesses, including the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, are accepting donations of new and gently used children’s books. The books will go directly into the hands of children in the Albuquerque area.

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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 - Thank You for Participating!

safety-text-winThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express would like to thank everyone who participated in our rail safety contest this winter. For eight weeks, a different question about rail safety appeared on the train's digital video monitors. Participants who texted in the correct answer each week were eligible to win a pair of day passes for the train.

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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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