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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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Rio Rancho Dial-a-Ride Age Requirement to Change

bus-rio-ranchoBeginning on January 1, 2015, the minimum age for new clients beginning to use Dial-a-Ride service in Rio Rancho will be raised from 55 years old to 62 years old to make it consistent with all other Rio Metro services. Clients already in the system under the age of 62 will be allowed to continue to use the bus service. As always, clients with disabilities that are 18-years of age or older are welcome to ride. Passengers must be Rio Rancho residents and they must be registered to use the service.

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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 is launching a pilot program that gives veterans with a VHIC (VA card) an annual pass to ride the train. The program starts on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, and runs through December 31, 2015.*

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2nd Annual Santa's Village Event

santa-villageOn Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District is hosting the second annual Santa’s Village at the Santa Fe Railyard. This year’s event will be bigger and better than last year, with more activities, interactive displays, free mini-train rides, food vendors, and, of course, pictures with Santa! There will also be extra New Mexico Rail Runner Express trains this year to accommodate our guests. Don’t forget to save the date for this very special event! 

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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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Update: Safety Improvements & Train Delays

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Safety Update as of October 30, 2014
Crews will soon be wrapping up the work for enhanced safety features at select crossings in Santa Fe over the next two to three weeks. Work has already been completed in Valencia County. Over the last several months, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District has been working with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to work on safety upgrades at several crossings in Santa Fe and two others north of Belen. During this time, flaggers have been placed at these crossings or conductors have had to “walk” the train through the crossing.

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