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Rio Metro News

$1 Weekends Coming Soon!

dollar weekends web imageHave you always wanted to try the train and just kept putting it off? Now is the perfect time to do it! Starting in August, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will kick off $1 Weekends. The fourth weekend of every month, from August through October, all fares are only one dollar on each Saturday or Sunday all day! Take the train and explore Central New Mexico with options for great dining and shopping all within walking distance or a short transit ride from our stations.

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Late Night Trains and Combo Ticket for Zozobra

zozobra web 2017Say good-bye to summer on Friday, September 1, 2017 at New Mexico’s hottest party, the 93rd Burning of Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will adjust the train schedule to allow people to attend the event. This year, passengers purchasing their Zozobra tickets online in advance will also have the option to add on the purchase of a Rail Runner ticket at the same time, adding an extra level of convenience from those traveling from south of Santa Fe.

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RFP: Website Redesign, Development & Maintenance

RFPMid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG) is seeking proposals from professional, interested, and qualified vendors, firms, or teams to provide Website Redesign & Development and Maintenance Services.

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Walk, Bike & Eat Your Way Through Santa Fe

santa fe walking tour 1 smSanta Fe has been part of some of the greatest trails to ever cross the planet. The Camino Real de Tierra Adentro connected Spain and Mexico to Santa Fe and the San Juan Pueblo in the 1500s. The Santa Fe Trail connected New Mexico to Missouri and traders from the United States in the 1800s.

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2017 Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass Now Available

balloonfiesta 2017 web imageThis year, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express would like to help you “Inflate Your Imagination” at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Take the train and avoid the traffic and parking issues and purchase the special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, available for both weekends of the Fiesta.

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Bike Share Pilot Program Boasts More Than 8,300 Trips!

bici silver stBICI planners recently finished reviewing and compiling data from the second year of the bike share pilot program. What did we learn? Between May 15, 2015 and May 15, 2017, BICI saw 2,067 members take 8,375 trips!

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ABQ RIDE and Rio Metro Share Mechanic; Save on Costs

bus mechanic smTwo of the largest transportation entities in New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque Transit Department (ABQ RIDE) and Rio Metro Regional Transit District, often collaborate on a variety of projects. From “bus bridges”, which are ABQ RIDE buses transporting Rail Runner passengers to and from the Rail Runner when there is a rail emergency, to combined marketing efforts, the two agencies often work hand in glove to serve the metro area’s riders.

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Meet Marie Morra, Community Outreach Virtuoso

marie employee profileWhether you call it outreach, marketing, or public service, the result is the same: individuals or groups learn about a product or service, and when they try it they find that it improves their lives. Service is probably the key word, and Marie Morra, marketing specialist for the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, learned about service as a youngster in Clayton.

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Meet the Couple Who Have Attended Every Station Opening

rider profile messierJon and Elaine Messier have been to every single New Mexico Rail Runner Express station opening since the beginning. So, when the Zia Road Station opened on April 24, the husband and wife team made sure to be there for the event.

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Laguna Veteran Committed to Community Outreach

marvin trujillo rider profileMarvin Trujillo Jr., a member of Laguna Pueblo, can relate to American veterans who are shocked by the realities of civilian life after discharge. “The first thing I had a problem with was finding a job,” he says.

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Passenger Profile: WWII Veteran Roy O. Bruno

veteran profile roy brunoRoy O. Bruno, U.S. Navy Veteran, is one of the Rail Runner’s most senior passengers. Rail Runner staff met him a few weeks back at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, where he came to receive his Freedom Pass. Mr. Bruno, who was born in 1918, served our country during World War II.

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Customer Service: The Team That Puts Service First

rio metro customer service smThe 80-inch monitor hanging on the wall above the customer service desk at the New Mexico Rail Runner Express office displays scenes from 33 security cameras along the Rail Runner’s Belen-to-Santa Fe corridor. Three more are focused on the actual train yard.

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Zia Road Station Now Open

train in cloudsThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express has added the Zia Road Station to its current weekday and Saturday/Sunday schedules. Service to the station began on April 24, 2017. While there have been minor adjustments in timing to the weekday schedule, the Saturday/Sunday schedules reflect the additional stops at the Zia Road Station. Please see the updated schedules below. 

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Seniors Use Rail Runner to Visit Cochiti Pueblo

senior exchange cochitiThe New Mexico Rail Runner Express hosted another successful senior exchange event in late February, with members of Albuquerque’s Barelas Senior Center taking the train to visit their peers in Cochiti Pueblo. Fourteen participants took the Rail Runner north for a busy day of tours, lunch, and other activities.

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Reading on the Rails

reading on rails logoStarting March 6, passengers on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will see a new addition to the interior of our train cars. Each car will now feature a brightly labeled pocket containing children’s books near the entrance. These books are part of Reading on the Rails, a new program being offered by the Rail Runner to provide children and families with a meaningful and educational experience while riding the train.

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Valencia County Employees Receive a Special Salute

valencia staff appreciation 2On a chilly Thursday morning this past February, Rio Metro’s Valencia County staff was greeted to a special delivery of Blake’s Lotaburger breakfast burritos and hot coffee. And the person delivering? None other than KOB 4’s beloved weatherman, Steve Stucker. The delivery was part of KOB 4’s Morning Shift Salute, where Stucker delivers breakfast to workers who get up early, do their jobs well, and work hard at what they do.

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