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Jan 20

MRMPO: Planning for Our Future

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

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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Dec 16

An End-of-Year Message from the Director

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

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. While the pandemic put the brakes on train service in March, it did not stop the critical work of installing a major safety enhancement on our rail system. We are also making a strong commitment to enhanced cleaning of buses and railcars that meet or exceed the guidelines for safe transit operations. 

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Nov 18

Dial-a-Ride: An Essential Service

Posted on November 18, 2020 at 2:01 PM by Riann Martinez

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. 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. To meet these needs, Rio Metro’s Dial-a-Ride buses continue to operate, providing a necessary service for many individuals who have no other means of transportation.

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