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Rio Metro News

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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$1 Weekends Are Here!

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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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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