•   More mid-morning and mid-day service gives commuter and leisure passengers more options

 Albuquerque  Beginning Monday, August 1, passengers aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will have more options when it comes to traveling through central New Mexico.

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District is adding two trains to the weekday schedule and the Saturday schedule.

“We have always worked our schedule to accommodate a typical 9-to-5 workday, but since the pandemic – that has changed,” said Dewey V. Cave, executive director of Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “Fewer people are traveling to work five-days a week, and many are less likely to have a 9-to-5 workday, so this schedule really addresses that changing workday.”

Those who ride the train on Saturday will have more options as well. The two newly added trains are in the middle of the most popular trains – cutting the time between trains roughly in half. View the schedule at riometro.org/expandedschedule.

All of this comes on the heels of the recent announcement by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extending the 75-percent discounted Rail Runner fares implemented back in mid-April through the end of the year.

The new schedule is a temporary schedule that will remain in place for one year.

The funds for the extra service have been made possible now by recent federal COVID relief funds which have freed up local funds from gross receipt tax collections, farebox revenue, to pay for the additional trains.

For more details, visit riometro.org.