Mission & Services

Who We Are

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District is the primary regional transit provider for Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties, offering transit service between municipalities and across county lines. Rio Metro manages the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail and operates and/or funds select bus routes in the three-county area. Rio Metro's services also provide links to other statewide destinations and transportation markets including Santa Fe, Taos, and Socorro. The agency's top priority is providing service that enables customers to access regional destinations, a critical transportation need since tens of thousands of trips occur each day between different towns, cities, Tribal areas, and counties in the service area.

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Our Mission

Rio Metro collaborates to provide safe, accessible, efficient, and innovative transportation services for the benefit of our diverse local communities and the regional economy.

Through our mission, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District Board of Directors and employees uphold a commitment to establish, maintain, and continually improve public transportation for the benefit of our passengers, communities and the environment.

Our Vision

Rio Metro is a leader moving our region forward, connecting our diverse residents and communities, and supporting sustainable prosperity.

Exceptional Service

Doing our part to provide exceptional service means:

  • Keeping you informed on the latest news.
  • Holding public meetings.
  • Publishing budgets, research and reports.
  • Providing transportation that is accessible to all of our customers.
  • Establishing community partnerships.


The Rio Metro Regional Transit District is governed by a board of directors made up of local government officials in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District serves as the administrative entity responsible for the oversight, maintenance and day to day operations of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on behalf of the New Mexico Department of Transportation.