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Welcome to the Rio Metro Regional Transit District Blog! Here you will find resources and information related to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Rio Metro’s bus services, public transportation, transit safety, special events and more.  

Transit Operator Appreciation Day

Posted March 15, 2021 - March 18, 2021 is Transit Operator Appreciation Day. Rio Metro would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to all of our transit employees. You are truly the SUPERHEROES of public transportation!  

In this post you will meet some of Rio Metro’s outstanding staff, including a Rio Metro Bus Operator from Valencia County, a Dispatcher from Sandoval County, and the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

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Transit Operator Appreciation Day Rio Metro

Job Access Transportation Program: Overcoming Barriers to Transportation             

Posted on February 17, 2021 - Lack of access to affordable and reliable transportation can be one of the biggest hurdles to finding and keeping a job. Rio Metro’s Job Access Transportation Program was developed to help low-income individuals overcome transportation obstacles by providing transportation to work and employment training.

“We provide reliable curb-to-curb transportation to low-income residents of Bernalillo County,” says Jocelyn Martinez, Program Support Coordinator II, for the Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “Individuals can use it to access employment, job training, and daycare if needed.”

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Rio Metro Job Access Transportation Program

MRMPO: Planning for Our Future

Posted on January 20, 2021 -  As a metropolitan area grows, changes, and ages, so does transportation in the region. Transportation, in turn, affects the economy, the environment, safety, and more. 

That’s where Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) come in to play. Federal law requires that urbanized areas with populations of 50,000 or more have an MPO to carry out metropolitan transportation and programs. The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MRMPO, is the MPO for the Albuquerque Metropolitan Planning Area.

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An End-of-Year Message from the Director

Posted December 16, 2020 -  Happy Holidays Everyone!

As we embrace the season of giving and head toward turning the page on what has undoubtedly been an interesting year to say the least, I am reminded that despite the hardships we have faced during much of this year, there is much for which to be grateful.

Though the global public health crisis has forced commuter rail service to be suspended, and much of our bus service curtailed the past several months, our Rio Metro family has grown stronger and more united through it all. I believe that this unforeseen postponement has given us all a greater appreciation for what we do, and our mission has never been more vital to those we serve.

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Message from the Director

Dial-a-Ride: An Essential Service

Posted November 18, 2020 - It’s been nearly a year since the COVID-19 health pandemic drastically changed the way people live, work, socialize, and move about the world. While many businesses are operating in a limited capacity, or have been shut down entirely, Rio Metro recognizes that essential employees still need to get to work, and that people still need access to grocery stores, medical services, and more. 

Rio Metro’s Dial-a-Ride buses continue to operate, and many individuals who have no other means of transportation depend on the service. 

“We’re a lifeline for the majority of the people we transport,” says Carol Mathews, Acting Transit Manager for Rio Metro Sandoval, which operates the Rio Rancho Dial-a-Ride. 

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Dial a Ride Bus in Rio Rancho

Design for  Valencia County Transit Facility Underway

Posted October 27, 2020 - The design for Rio Metro's Valencia County Transit Facility is underway. This new facility will enable Rio Metro to relocate its bus administration and operations from two at-capacity facilities leased from the Village of Los Lunas and shared with other Village services. It will also give Rio Metro the ability to enlarge its bus fleet in future years and provide even more service to Valencia County residents.  

This first phase will feature administration/operations and storage buildings, a customer service area, and staff, visitor and bus parking. Pending additional funding, future phases will include expanded bus parking as well as a maintenance building, wash bay, and fuel island. These future improvements will, however, be considered during the current design effort.  

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Valencia County Transit Facility Mock Up

4th Annual Rail Safety Week - Ramping Up Efforts Around the State

Posted September 23, 2020 - The Fourth Annual Rail Safety Week is underway! From September 21-27, 2020 Rio Metro is joining railroad companies and operators in the U.S., Mexico and Canada in an effort to raise awareness about rail safety education and empower the public to keep themselves safe near railroad tracks, crossings, and right-of-ways. 

Rio Metro Regional Transit District, which operates the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter train, is ramping up educational efforts during this year’s Rail Safety Week. The campaign includes a mixture of national and local messaging, and a series of new safety videos featuring Trax, the Rail Runner mascot. 

We also spoke with Joanne Beer, Executive Director of New Mexico Operation Lifesaver, about Rail Safety Week initiatives around the state and learned what her favorite rail safety message to share with the public is.

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Rail Safety Week 2020

Rio Metro's Bus Schedules Have a New Look!

Posted August 19, 2020 - Rio Metro’s bus schedules recently got a makeover. The schedule brochures were redesigned to meet the organization’s goal of clearly communicating information about the transit services provided within our service area. 

“They have a fresh new look,” says Elizabeth Carter, Assistant Transit Director for Rio Metro Bus. “The new schedule brochures were designed to look like traditional bus transit brochures, making them easier than ever to use.”

Some of the key elements of the redesign include numbered stops, a legend and identifiable zone changes.

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Rio Metro Bus Schedules Get New Look

New Rail Safety Activity Sheets

Posted July 29, 2020 - Across the country, kids have been home for months, and the start of the school year may be a virtual experience for many. If you’re a parent or a teacher looking for fun and educational resources for the kids, Rio Metro’s new rail safety activity sheets are for you! These free, downloadable resources are perfect for elementary age kids. 

Here’s a sample of some of the activities included: 

  • Solve the maze to get the basketball player safely across the tracks to the hoop.
  • Find important rail safety terms in the hidden word search.
  • Solve the crossword puzzle to learn what to do to stay safe at a railroad station.
  • Figure out the word scramble to learn about important railroad signs and signals.

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Connect the Dots Activity Sheet