The Rail Runner Express awaits passengers before departing. (Observer file photo)
Rio Rancho Rail Runner riders are about to catch a break on fares.
The cut, a whopping 75 percent, means people will be able to keep more money in their pockets, according to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who made the announcement Wednesday.
The reduction will be on Rail Runner Express fares enacted in April and will be extended until the end of the year, according to the announcement.
Beginning Aug.1, the Rail Runner Express will add additional service to accommodate commuters and other passengers. The line, which runs from Belen to Santa Fe, has two stations in Bernalillo.
And, to make commuting more convenient for state employees, the state’s Park and Ride shuttle system will be expanded to offer service to additional state buildings and surrounding businesses.
“Like the rest of the country, New Mexicans are dealing with higher prices – especially at the pump,” Grisham said. “This is one way we are helping to alleviate some of that burden for working families. We are very excited to offer more flexibility and convenience for Santa Fe and Albuquerque area commuters.”
Dewey Cave, executive director of Rio Metro Regional Transit District saod
Beginning Aug. 1, Rio Metro Regional Transit District will add two additional trains to the weekday schedule and the Saturday schedule.
Beginning July 18, the Department of Transportation will provide Park and Ride shuttle service from the South Capitol stop to the Anaya complex with two stops along Cerrillos in Santa Fe.
Since reducing fares in April, Rail Runner ridership has nearly doubled from 800 roundtrips a day to averaging over 1,500.
State employees may find additional information on shuttle availability at parkandride.com.