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The Santa Fe Railyard: Your Destination for Summer Fun

railyard festivalMovies. Music. Food. Beer. Shopping. All of this and more can be found at the bustling Santa Fe Railyard. Just steps from the New Mexico Rail Runner Express Santa Fe Depot station, the Santa Fe Railyard is the perfect destination for a relaxing day trip or an evening of entertainment. With trains operating seven days a week, visitors can easily and comfortably access the Railyard and all of its unique summer, and year-round, offerings via the Rail Runner.

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More Than 50,000 Books Collected for Children

book drive 1Statistics show that children who are read to at an early age will have an easier time learning to read, and will enjoy reading more. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is proud to have continued our sponsorship of the annual Read to Me Book Drive, an effort that puts books into the hands of children in our community. The 2015 book drive was hugely successful, with more than 50,000 books collected and distributed.

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VA Veterans Can Get a Free Annual Pass

train in cloudsOn November 11, 2014, Veteran’s Day, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District launched a pilot program honoring our veterans by providing them with free access to public transportation. Through the Veterans Transportation Initiative (VTI) program, veterans with a VA Card can receive an annual pass to ride the New Mexico Rail Runner Express for free.

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Rail Runner Honors Heroes in New Mexico

red cross heroThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express was proud to help recognize local heroes during the annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast. On June 6, 2015, fourteen New Mexicans were presented with medals for their unselfish and heroic actions during this special recognition event. Jay Faught, Marketing Manager for Rio Metro Regional Transit District and the Rail Runner, had the honor of presenting a medal to Raul Candelaria, one of the celebrated heroes.

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A Summer of Fun on Civic Plaza

civic plaza 1Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza is sizzling this summer with several hot new events. Civic Plaza Presents has combined new fun with some of our favorite ongoing festivities to bring quality entertainment downtown six days a week. And the best part – the plaza is just a quick walk from the Downtown ABQ Rail Runner station!

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More Transportation Options from the Santa Fe Depot

santa fe pickupThe Santa Fe Pick-Up has been providing free shuttle service around the downtown area, Canyon Road and Museum Hill for years. Starting in May 2015, the shuttle began providing additional service with access to downtown Santa Fe, hotels, museums, the Railyard, and, of course, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

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Funding Sought for "Innovation Central"

innovation centralThe Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) has partnered with the City of Albuquerque, the NM Department of Transportation and the University of New Mexico to request funding for “Innovation Central.” Innovation Central is a project aimed at improving pedestrian connections between the Alvarado Transportation Center in Downtown Albuquerque, and the surrounding employment, education and service destinations. The project includes improvements to the Rail Runner tracks, signalization and communications systems, and the Downtown Albuquerque station. Funding for Innovation Central has been requested through the US Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program.

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Survey Respondents Win Prizes

survey results 2015The Rio Metro Regional Transit District would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2015 Passenger Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which was conducted in April and May, is part of the organization’s efforts to be more responsive to the needs of our passengers and the public.

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A Letter from our Board Chair

rr 1 smThere have been several news stories recently about the funding for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. We want to be sure our passengers know that the Rio Metro Regional Transit District has sufficient funding to maintain the current level of service, including maintaining the track territory and rolling stock well into the future. We feel it is important to remind the public of the many benefits the train and its integrated transit systems bring to Central New Mexico.

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Rio Metro Driver Places in Top 3 in Bus Driving Competition

roadeo winnerFor most of us in New Mexico, we’ve seen our fair share of rodeos. But have you ever heard of a bus roadeo? Yes, it is spelled like a road. That’s because every year, hundreds of bus drivers from all over the country test their driving skills in local bus roadeo competitions just hoping to show they are one of the best. In fact, Rio Metro is lucky to have one of the best drivers working for us in Sandoval County.

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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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