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March 15, 2020 3:30 PM

NM Rail Runner Express Service Suspension

(Albuquerque, NM – March 16, 2020) – Beginning Monday, March 16th, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will suspend service through April 3rd.This decision comes as New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today issued a directive to all state agencies to temporarily adjust, and in some cases suspend, certain functions in order to minimize public health risks in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We must take into account that the Rail Runner carries people up and down a 100-mile corridor through central New Mexico every day”, said Dewey Cave, Executive Director of the Mid- Region Council of Governments. “It is our hope that by suspending service for at least the duration of the declared state of emergency that we help limit people’s exposure to the public health risk created by COVID-19.”

“There is no indication that anyone’s contracted the virus through riding the train, or that we’ve transported anyone who has been infected”, said Terry Doyle, Director of Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “When service resumes, we will of course continue our extended measures of disinfecting and cleaning all train cars.”

While the Rail Runner will not be transporting passengers for the next three weeks, testing and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) will continue in the corridor as scheduled. PTC is a $50-million federal safety enhancement designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, high-speed derailments and other catastrophic events on the railway.

At this time, two Rio Metro Valencia County bus routes have been suspended.* For the latest information, visit www.riometro.org

Rio Metro Customer Service office hours have been adjusted and representatives are available at 866-795-7245 and 505-245-RAIL (7245) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Governor’s office is urging New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns about COVID-19 to call 833-551-0518 or visit www.newmexico.gov, which been developed and is being continually updated as a one-stop source for information.

Contact: Augusta Meyers, MRCOG Communications Mgr. (505) 239-8612, ameyers@mrcog-nm.gov

*As of 3/18/2020:
Rio Metro Route 206 (Belen) - Suspended through April 3, 2020
Rio Metro Route 209 (UNM-Valencia) - Suspended through April 6, 2020
Rio Metro Route 366 - Suspended March 18, 2020 for up to 30 days

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