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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. 

Nov 18

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

Posted on November 18, 2021 at 8:38 AM by Riann Martinez

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). 

“The Marketing Department had to think differently about keeping our presence in the community and communicating with our riders and followers,” said Allyne Clarke, Marketing Director for the Rio Metro, referring to the fact that there were many changes to train and bus service throughout the year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We focused on more educational projects”.

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Oct 20

The Art of Warner Bros. on Exhibit

Posted on October 20, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

See The Art of Warner Bros. Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science sponsored in part by the New Mexico Rail Runner Express!

For more than 80 years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringing joy to all ages. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in particular, provided some of the most iconic animated characters of all time - Bugs Bunny, Tweety Pie, the Tasmanian Devil, and Daffy Duck. Each character is conceptualized, sketched, drawn, and hand-colored – all before filming even begins – yet we usually only ever see the finished product. In “The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons,” visitors can get a rare glimpse of sketches, model sheets, paintings, and animation cells that went into creating these famous films from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

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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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