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Rio Metro News

Join Us for the 5th Annual Santa's Village

santa village 2017 logoOnce again, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is hosting Santa's Village at the Santa Fe Railyard. Join us on Saturday, December 9, 2017 for this free, family-friendly event will featuring games, crafts, interactive displays, mini-train rides, and, of course, pictures with Santa! There will be one extra northbound and one extra southbound New Mexico Rail Runner Express train to accommodate our guests. Don’t forget to save the date for this very special event! 

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Take the Train to Ski and Play in Santa Fe!

skier smTake the train to ski and play in Santa Fe this season. With one easy bus connection, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express can connect you to Ski Santa Fe, the Santa Fe National Forrest, Ten Thousand Waves and various points downtown including several hotels. Ride the train north and catch the new North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) Mountain Trail bus at the South Capitol Station to begin your adventure!

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Bugg Lights Festival Opening Night – Take the Train!

bugg lights 2017 1For the fourth year in a row, the Harvey House Museum in Belen is home to the Bugg Lights, a dazzling display of holiday lights, beautifully decorated trees, and whimsical characters. The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has expanded our train schedule to accommodate visitors to the opening night celebration on Saturday, November 25 from 5-9 p.m. Take the train to Belen to experience this uniquely New Mexican holiday tradition!

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New Transit Services - Valencia County & Pueblo of Isleta

route 208Rio Metro, in partnership with the Pueblo of Isleta, is pleased to announce two new transit services beginning Monday, December 4, 2017. Bus route 208 will provide weekday bus service between Belen and Downtown Albuquerque, with stops in Los Lunas, Peralta, Bosque Farms and the Pueblo of Isleta. Rio Metro will also be bringing its Dial-a-Ride service to the Pueblo.

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Helping Students on Their Journey to Higher Ed

higher ed story sfccFor tourists, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a journey into the past – Indian nations that have endured our droughts and heat for millennia, and Catholic communities created as much by church as state. Commuters riding to jobs in Santa Fe and Los Alamos see the present state of New Mexico affairs, but for students the train is a ride toward the future. Fortunately, the Rail Runner’s tracks pass by educational opportunities from Santa Fe in the north to southerly Valencia County.

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Haunted Places Along the Rails

ghosts story 2Enchanted is a term frequently used to describe New Mexico, but there are those who believe “bewitched,” or “haunted” is a better description. Along the New Mexico Rail Runner Express route from Santa Fe to Belen there are places where ghost hunters gather to seek spirits, and whether one believes or not, these ghost seekers often have fascinating tales to tell.

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Historic Motor Car Finds a Home in Belen

doodlebug 1This is a tale of two trains and one man devoted to preserving them. One train is Motor Car 190, that now resides in Belen. The other is steam locomotive No. 457, permanently parked in Mason City, Iowa. The link between them is Gene Green, an Army retiree and resident of Rio Communities.

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Transit Services Coming Soon to Valencia County, Pueblo of Isleta

route 208Rio Metro, in partnership with the Pueblo of Isleta, is pleased to announce two new transit services beginning Monday, December 4, 2017. Bus Route 208 will feature three northbound and three southbound trips between the Valencia County communities of Belen, Los Lunas, Peralta and Bosque Farms, the Pueblo of Isleta, and the Alvarado Transportation Center in Downtown Albuquerque, during the morning/midday when the Rail Runner does not operate.

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Routes 504-505B Service Change

valencia bus in belenEffective Monday, December 4, 2017, Rio Metro will no longer operate bus routes 504/505B in the early morning. These routes will be restructured to provide weekday, mid-day service from Valencia County and the Pueblo of Isleta to Downtown Albuquerque. Up until that date, routes 504/505B will operate according to their current schedule.

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Meet the Drivers from Isleta Resort & Casino

isleta shuttle webThese are the folks who make your shuttle connection a breeze!
The shuttle drivers at Isleta Resort & Casino are a hard working bunch. In addition to providing bell service, valet service, in-lot shuttle service, and handling the shipping and receiving for large conferences and events hosted at the property, they also shuttle people from the Isleta Pueblo Rail Runner Station to the casino and back.

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RFQ: Job Access Transportation Providers

rfq iconRio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) is currently accepting Qualification Statements from qualified, experienced and capable companies to provide Job Access transportation services for its eligible riders in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties.

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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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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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