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Zia Rail Runner Station Update

zia station 1There has been some movement in the process to open the Zia Rail Runner Station in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Commission completed a study earlier this year, which found that traffic would continue to operate at acceptable levels with the station in operation.

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Albuquerque Bike Share

ZagsterOn May 15, 2015, residents of Albuquerque celebrated both Bike to Work Day and the launch of Albuquerque’s first bike share program. There are now 65 bikes available for use at 13 different locations in the city. Albuquerque Bike Share, or BICI (pronounced “BEE-see”), is working with bike share leader Zagster on a pilot project that provides bicycles that can be shared by residents and visitors - initially within the downtown area. BICI is the result of the collective efforts of The DowntownABQ Main Street Initiative, the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) and the City of Albuquerque. 

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Rio Metro's Vision for the Future

isleta pueblo train station2The Rio Metro Regional Transit District and our partners are underway with a project to develop a bold, forward-thinking, consensus vision for transit's future role in the region.

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Marketing Team Wins 5 International Awards

comm-award-multipleFor the second year in a row, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District earned top honors in an international marketing competition – winning five Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.  With over 6,000 entries received from every state 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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Veterans Can Get Free Annual Pass

Our veterans can now ride the New Mexico Rail Runner Express for free. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District has launched a pilot program that gives veterans with a VHIC (VA card) an annual pass to ride the train. The program started on November 11, 2014, and runs through December 31, 2015.

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Emergency Crews Respond to Mock Emergency

Safety3Last month, emergency crews from Bernalillo and Valencia Counties had an opportunity to respond to a "mock emergency" aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.  A full scale emergency preparedness exercise took place to allow members from area law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies to test their skills in the event of a true railway disaster.  

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Rio Metro Launches "Why I Ride" Campaign

why i ride businessRelax. Study. Read. Work. People commute using the New Mexico Rail Runner Express for a variety of different reasons. In March 2015, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District launched the Why I Ride campaign to educate commuters about the many benefits of taking the train. The campaign includes a humorous commercial featuring future riders being 'rescued' from different commute-related predicaments by Trax, the Rail Runner mascot. 

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Rio Metro Adds Bus Route to UNM Valencia Campus

unm vcAdditional Improvements Also Made to Existing Routes in Los Lunas and Belen.Students and staff at UNM’s Valencia Campus now have a new transportation option to and from the school. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District has added a new bus route, Route 209, which connects the Los Lunas Transportation Center with the UNM Valencia Campus. With five trips to and five trips from the campus each weekday, passengers will have a variety of travel times to choose from.

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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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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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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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