New Mexico Rail Runner Express

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New Mexico Rail Runner Express
Rail runner logo.jpg
Information
Type Commuter Rail
Opening Date July 2006
Regions Served Santa Fe - Albuquerque
Average Daily Ridership 4,000
Website http://nmrailrunner.com/

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail system, operated by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), that runs between the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metropolitan areas. Both the name and the logo were inspired by the New Mexico state bird, the Roadrunner. The Rail Runner officially began running in July 2006.


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History

The concept of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express came into realization in August 2003 when Governor Bill Richardson announced he wanted to pursuit a commuter rail system that traveled between Belen--a city in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area--and Santa Fe. In September of that year, the state legislature passed a $1.6 billion bill to improve transportation in New Mexico, with the commuter rail being a major project. The NMDOT and the MRCOG were put in charge of the development and management of this new commuter rail system.[1]

The project was scheduled to be completed in two phases. The first phase included the portion of the rail that extended from Bernalillo to Belen. This section of the rail system used existing track that was acquired from BNSF, who had been using it for moving freight. Since BNSF was planning on sharing the tracks with the new commuter rail, they worked with the NMDOT and the MGCOG to ensure the Rail Runner would cause as few time conflicts with the BNSF freight trains as possible.[2]

Phase 1 was completed when the Rail Runner officially opened on July 14th, 2006, when its first regularly scheduled train traveled from Albuquerque to Sandoval/U.S. 550 Station in Bernalillo.

The second phase was completed on December 17th, 2008, when the new line extending to Santa Fe officially went into service.[3] The NMDOT had to construct new track for this portion of the commuter rail due to limitation in the existing BNSF track.[4]

Stations

Rail Runner Station Map

As of February 2012, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express has 13 stations, with plans for two future stations.[5] The stations are as follows, from north to south:

Tickets

Sandoval Co./U.S. 550 Station
Rail Runner Locomotive

Fares are calculated depending on how many zones through which the rider will travel.[6]

NORMAL FARES

1 Trip Day Pass Monthly Pass Annual Pass
1 Zone $2 $2 $35 $350
2 Zones $2 $3 $50 $500
3 Zones $4 $5 $65 $650
4 Zones $6 $7 $95 $950
5 Zones $7 $8 $100 $1,000
6 Zones $8 $9 $110 $1,100

Reduced fares are also available to senior citizens, students, and people with disabilities.

REDUCED FARES

1 Trip Day Pass Monthly Pass Annual Pass
1 Zone $1 $2 $17 $170
2 Zones $1 $2 $25 $250
3 Zones $2 $3 $32 $320
4 Zones $3 $5 $47 $470
5 Zones $3 $6 $50 $500
6 Zones $4 $7 $55 $550

Purchasing tickets online also results in discounted prices: $1 off for a Day Pass and $10 off for a Monthly or Annual Pass.

Service

The NM Rail Runner operates on weekdays with 12 trains running northbound and 12 trains running southbound, and with 3 trains running each direction on weekends. On weekdays, the majority of trains operate during the commuting hours, roughly 5am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm.[7]

New Mexico Rail Runner Express weekday schedule

Ridership

The Rail Runner has recently celebrated its five millionth rider, a major milestone in ridership. On October 25, 2011, Jerry Martinez became the five millionth rider when the 4:30pm southbound train from Downtown Albuquerque Station pulled out of the station. The Rail Runner carries a daily average of 4,000 riders between the metropolitan areas of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.[8]

New Mexico Rail Runner Express monthly ridership[9]

See Also

New Mexico Department of Transportation

Santa Fe Trails

Transportation Network

Transportation Services

References

  1. Belen to Santa Fe Commuter Rail Project Development History. Santa Fe: New Mexico Department of Transportation, 2009.
  2. http://www.santafedia.org/index.php?title=New_Mexico_Department_of_Transportation
  3. http://nmrailrunner.com/project_phases.asp
  4. Belen to Santa Fe Commuter Rail Project Development History. Santa Fe: New Mexico Department of Transportation, 2009.
  5. http://nmrailrunner.com/route_map.asp
  6. http://nmrailrunner.com/tickets.asp
  7. http://nmrailrunner.com/schedule.asp
  8. http://www.nmrailrunner.com/5mill.asp
  9. http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=http%3a%2%2fwww.apta.com%2fresources%2fstatistics%2fDocuments%2fRidership&FolderCTID=0x0120006BE9AB89F00BAE4583BADAD635F81BA6

External Links

http://www.nmrailrunner.com/index.asps

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