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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.  

Celebrate Biking with Area Events and Rides

Posted May 11, 2022 - May is National Bike Month – a time to celebrate biking as a form of transportation and recreation. From photo contests to repair clinics to group rides, there’s no shortage of cycling events for all ages and skill levels in the upcoming weeks. 

Check out some of the great activities that you can participate in across central New Mexico.

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Marie Morra: Volunteer and Community Connector

Posted April 20, 2022 - April is a time to acknowledge those who give their time and energy during National Volunteer Month. Rio Metro would like to recognize one of its own: Marie Morra, a long-time employee and selfless community volunteer. 

Morra began volunteering at young age while growing up in Clayton, NM. She has carried that spirit with her throughout her life and career, including in her current position as Marketing Specialist for Rio Metro. 

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Transit Accessibility Part 2 - An Inside Look at Rio Metro's Bus Service

Posted March 16, 2022 - For the second half of our two-part series on transit accessibility, Liz Carter, Rio Metro’s Assistant Transit Director-Bus, provides an overview of the accessibility features at Rio Metro bus stops while boarding and riding, bus operations training, and more. 

Rio Metro operates bus routes in Sandoval and Valencia Counties, as well as Dial-a-Ride service for residents of the City of Rio Rancho, the Pueblo of Isleta, and Valencia County. These transportation services are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. 

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Transit Accessibility Part 1 - An Inside Look at the Rail Runner

Posted February 16, 2022 - The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation; our transportation services are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.

For part one of this two-part series, Rio Metro Safety Officer Stephanie Paiz provides a broad overview of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express accessibility features at stations, while boarding and riding, crew training and more.

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Human Trafficking Awareness

Posted January 11, 2022 - January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. A little known fact is that traffickers use public transportation to move victims to different locations as well as to bring new victims into their trafficking operations. “Survivors of trafficking have reported being picked up by their traffickers at bus stops or transit centers and using buses and transit during their exploitation. They have also described transit as a lifeline, as many survivors have relied on public transportation during an exit attempt,” said Annie Sovcik, Director of Busing on the Lookout.

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An End-of-Year Message from the Director

Posted December 14, 2021 - Happy Holidays Everyone!

As we approach the end of 2021, I feel like it’s been a year of hitting the reset button, so to speak. So many firsts…all over again! Last year at this time, I was talking about the hardships we had faced due to the pandemic. This year when I look around at our staff, our board members, and our passengers…I feel this collective sense of resilience – a kind of “we’ve got this” attitude that resonates in how we work, live and how we move.

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Rio Metro's Marketing Team Honored with 8 Awards in 2021

Posted November 18, 2021 - Education and collaboration have proven to be the keys to success for Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s Marketing Department since the start of the pandemic. Their campaigns demonstrating commitment to public health and safety and the awareness of public transportation received 8 awards in 2021. 

The awards came from national and regional transit organizations as well as the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA). 

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Man Bicycling on Trail
Rio Metro Marketing Specialist Marie Morra
Rio Metro Bus with Wheelchair Lift Deployed
Man Using Wheelchair Boarding the Rail Runner
Stop Human Trafficking
Year End Message from the Director of Rio Metro
Rio Metro Communicator Awards

Past Blog Posts

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