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Sep 22

Rio Metro Partners with PAPA for Rail Runner Poster Contest

Posted on September 22, 2021 at 1:13 PM by Riann Martinez

“We are not here to create the stars of tomorrow; rather we are here to create a whole human being today.” This statement is written in big, bold letters at the top of the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) website. Rio Metro recently partnered with a group of incredibly talented PAPA students and their dedicated Visual Arts teacher for a Rail Runner 15 Year Anniversary Poster Contest. 

Ninety-six students in grades 6 to 12 participated in the poster contest. Students were given a list of artistic guidelines, or “must have’s” for their posters. They also learned about the history of the Rail Runner and were shown pictures of the train to inspire their artwork. They had approximately six weeks to complete the project.

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Aug 19

The Burning of Zozobra: Myth and History

Posted on August 19, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

Zozobra is a monster. Make no mistake about it. He stays in hiding all year long, feeding on and gaining power from our failings, misdeeds and sadness. But at the end of each Summer, we get a chance to cast out the darkness. 

The Burning of Zozobra is a totally unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday of Labor Day weekend. The burning serves as an exciting and fiery finale to the last days of Summer. This year, the 97th Burning of Zozobra will take place on September 3rd at Ft. Marcy Park in Santa Fe.

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Jul 15

New Facility to House Rio Metro Bus Operations in Valencia County

Posted on July 15, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

Design is well underway for the Valencia County Transit Facility, the soon-to-be home of Rio Metro’s bus services in the county. Rio Metro has been hard at work with the Village of Los Lunas and consultants Bohannan-Huston and Studio Southwest Architects to design an inviting and energy-efficient facility for our staff, drivers and the public near the intersection of NM 6 and NM 47.


The centerpiece of the VCTF will be an 8,000-square foot office building styled after the metal-roofed agricultural buildings found up and down NM 47. The building will house the dispatchers and supervisors who coordinate rides, and will also provide Rio Metro’s drivers with the locker, exercise, and break rooms that can make a hectic day a bit easier to manage.



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