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Public Comments Welcome on Paseo del Norte Report

paseo-pref-alternativeThe Rio Metro Regional Transit District welcomes your questions and comments on the Draft Paseo del Norte High Capacity Transit Study (HCTS) Alternatives Analysis Report. The report’s goal is to identify how a high capacity transit system would use the Paseo del Norte river crossing to link northwest Albuquerque and southern Rio Rancho with the Journal Center, UNM, CNM, and other activity centers east of the Rio Grande. 

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Safety Improvements to Santa Fe Corridor Begin Aug. 5

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Santa Fe residents will soon see an even higher level of safety at Rail Runner crossings in their area – this move following a collaborative 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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Rio Metro Increases Security Patrols

security-1Beginning in August, Rio Metro will increase the number of security officers patrolling station parking lots and boarding Rail Runner trains. As part of the agreement with Herzog Transit Services to operate the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, they will add additional security officers to their contract with International Strategic Partners.

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Late Night Train Service Added for Zozobra

zozobra-2013On Friday, August 29 the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will adjust the train schedule to allow people to attend the 90th Annual Burning of Zozobra. Passengers traveling to Santa Fe for the event can take advantage of a later post-event departure time, as well as the addition of a second late-night southbound train. Combined, the two five-car train sets can seat more than 1,400 passengers.

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Discounted State Fair Pass Includes Transportation

nmsf-ferriswheelThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express has partnered with the New Mexico State Fair and ABQ RIDE on the first ever New Mexico State Fair presale ticket. Beginning on Friday, August 15, the Enchantment Day Pass will be on sale at all New Mexico Walgreens locations. The pass will not only get you discounted admission to the Fair, it will also get you one free ride on the Rail Runner, and one free round-trip ABQ RIDE bus ride from the Downtown ABQ Rail Runner station to the Fair and back on any one day from September 10-21, 2014.

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Expanded Train Service for the New Mexico Wine Festival

webwineVisitors to the 27th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo can once again take advantage of additional train service to this popular Labor Day Weekend event. Extra trains will be operating from Saturday, August 30 to Monday, September 1, 2014 to accommodate festival-goers. Just as in years past, people taking the train can catch a free shuttle from the Sandoval Co./US 550 station, or take a short walk to the event.

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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 - Thank You for Participating!

hinkle-bdayThis July, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express partnered with Hinkle Family Fun Center to give away a prize a day for 21 days to our riders, as well as three weekly prizes. Passengers simply needed to text in the key word of the day that appeared on the train’s television monitors. Daily prize winners received two Rail Runner Play Passes, and three weekly prize winners received two Unlimited Play Passes. We would like to extend a big thank you to all of our riders, and congratulations to the winners!

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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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