Source: New Mexico Rail Runner Express
In two weeks, passengers aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will see some changes in both train fares and service. The Rio Metro RTD Board – which manages the Rail Runner and its regional transit connections – voted on these changes last week.
Weekday Fares will be increased to comply with FTA (Federal Transportation Administration) regulations that require reduced fares to be half the amount of full fares. To comply, weekday one-way fares will be raised by one-to-two dollars. In addition, the three-zone day pass will increase by a dollar.
Weekend Fares will be raised to be consistent with weekday prices. Previously, all passengers were able to use the Reduced Fare structure on weekends. Now, this will only apply to those who meet the reduced fare criteria – such as senior citizens and students with a valid I.D.
Five Saturday Trips will be suspended indefinitely: Train #500 departing north from Downtown Albuquerque at 6:20 a.m., Train #503 departing south from Santa Fe at 8:10 a.m., Train #510 departing north from Belen at 7:08 p.m., Train #512 departing north from Belen at 9:07 p.m., and Train #513 departing south from Santa Fe at 10:00p.m.
“Faced with a budget shortfall due to lower-than-expected gross receipts taxes to fund Rail Runner operations, the Rio Metro Board decided to make some sound fiscal adjustments”, said Dewey Cave, Interim Executive Director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments. “The State assisted with the projected shortfall, and these fare and schedule modifications were also necessary to balance the budget entirely.”
These changes will take effect Monday, February 15, 2010.
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