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New Mexico Rail Runner

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Throughout history, railroads in New Mexico have provided an essential transportation infrastructure, and served as powerful economic engines for the area.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has made transportation improvements a cornerstone of his economic development initiatives, and made passenger rail a top priority for his administration. Governor Richardson's Investment Partnership Plan (GRIP), House Bill 15, was passed in the 2003 special session of the New Mexico State Legislature. GRIP allocated funding for the implementation of commuter rail and marked the official start of the Rail Runner. Rail Runner's overall plan culminates with service to Santa Fe in 2008.The New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Mid-Region Council of Governments are responsible for developing the Rail Runner. While the NMDOT is the ultimate authority responsible for the Rail Runner, the Mid-Region Council of Governments is the lead agency for implementation of the new passenger rail service.

In addition to the NMDOT and the MRCOG, local governments - counties, towns, and the Native American Tribes and Pueblos in the corridor, all have key roles in the planning and execution of the Rail Runner. This local involvement is an essential ingredient in the development of the project. Specifically, local jurisdictions have participated in the planning stages as well as the facilitation of public involvement and outreach. These communities will play important roles in the day-to-day operations of the Rail Runner.

Why is my train late?

Due to the overwhelming response to our new Santa Fe service, some of our trains have been delayed as people take more time to board. We are adding extra service to accommodate our new passengers. We apologize for any inconvenience these delays have caused and are working hard to return to our tradition of on-time performance.

What do I do if there's no room on the train?

Rail Runner seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Many of our trains to Santa Fe have been filled to capacity on weekends and some people waiting on the station platform have not been able to board. We have responded by adding extra railcars and trains. If you are not able to find a seat on the train, you are allowed to stand in the aisles. If the train is full, you will have to wait for the next train. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and are working to increase our capacity so that does not occur.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online, or on-board from ticket agents wearing yellow vests. They accept cash and all credit cards except American Express. You will receive a significant discount for buying tickets on-line.

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