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RFP: On-Call General Construction Services

RFPThe Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) invites qualified individuals / firms to submit proposals to provide on-call general construction services.

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Take the Train to the Santa Fe Wine Festival

santa fe wine fest 2018Take the New Mexico Rail Runer Express to the 25th Annual Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, 2018. Additional north and southbound trains have been added for the weekend, and there will be free shuttle service from the Santa Fe Co./NM 599 Rail Runner Station.

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Dump the Pump & Try Transit on June 21!

dump pump webOn Thursday, June 21, public transit providers from throughout the nation will be encouraging people to Dump the Pump and Ride Public Transit to get them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.

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Customer Service Training Benefits Crew, Passengers

customer service training 2018In April of this year, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express train crew participated in a specialized Customer Service Training over the course of a long weekend. The training, which was attended by the Rail Runner’s ticket agents and conductors, covered topics like ticketing policies, pet policies, and fare documentation.

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Job Opening: Janitorial/Maintenance Worker

Job Opportunity SmallThe Mid-Region Council of Governments is accepting resumes for the position of Janitorial/Maintenance Worker.

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Shakespeare on the Rail is Back This June!

shakespeare rail 2018 webSince 2010, a small team of local actors has been bringing short comedic Shakespeare scenes to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express each summer. The ever-popular Shakespeare on the Rail is back again, with performances on June 9, 16, and 23!

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Rio Metro Receives Award from FTA

fta award 2018 SMOn  Monday, April 9, 2018, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District received an award for Excellence in Grant Management from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Breaking Barriers to Employment

jarc logo combinedFor many low-income job seekers and employees in Bernalillo County, lack of transportation is a barrier to employment. Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s Job Access Reverse Commute Program, known as JARC, helps lift those barriers to transportation by matching people with and subsidizing (for a limited time) public transit and other types of transportation options.

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Get Your Chile Fix - A Culinary Journey Along the Rails

chile tomasitasNew Mexicans’ appetite for chile is infamous. Santa Fe trader Josiah Gregg wrote about it in his “Commerce of the Prairies,” published in 1844. Similarly, a portion of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad – the Antonito, CO, to Santa Fe segment – was nicknamed the “Chili Line” (sic) starting in 1895 due to the dietary habits of New Mexicans.

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Seniors Ride Free 2018

seniors 2018 web imageGet away and enjoy! Rio Metro's Seniors Ride Free program is back! Every Wednesday from February through September 2018, seniors age 62+ can ride any New Mexico Rail Runner Express train at no cost. This is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to explore locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque using public transportation.

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Group Travel is Fun and Affordable

groupl travel 1 smBernagene Shay gives the New Mexico Rail Runner Express Group Travel Program an “A.” The teacher from North Valley Academy used the Rail Runner last school year to transport two 8th Grade classes to Santa Fe for a tour of the New Mexico Museum of History.

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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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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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