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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. 

Jun 16

Transit Equity: An Albuquerque Transit Rider's Story

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

Equity refers to the fairness with which impacts (costs and benefits) are distributed. There are many types of equity to consider in public transportation, including accessibility, reliability, affordability, the ability to create good jobs by expanding public transit, and the ability to protect our health and climate by using renewable energy.

This month’s guest blog post features a conversation on transit equity between a local public transit rider and a transportation planner from the Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO).

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May 19

Association Keeps NM Transit Providers Connected, Informed

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

New Mexico ranks 5th largest in size among the 50 states. There are many transportation providers, large and small, public and private, located throughout the more than 121,000 square mile area.

How do they stay connected, receive training, and remain relevant in the eyes of decision makers like State Legislators? The New Mexico Transit Association (NMTA) plays a big role, acting as a communication hub for transit providers and working closely with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) Transit and Rail Division.

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Apr 14

A Letter from Rail Runner GM Kevin Merlo

Posted on April 14, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Riann Martinez

Like many other enterprises, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail service was suspended in wake of the COVID-19 health pandemic. The rail system reopened its doors to a small but enthusiastic group of passengers on March 8, 2021 - nearly a year to the date after service was suspended. 

In this letter, New Mexico Rail Runner Express General Manager Kevin Merlo provides an overview of the hard work and accomplishments that took place during the service suspension, and takes a look at what is next for the Rail Runner and its staff.

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