Rail Runner Express News
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be adding the Zia Road Station to its current weekday and Saturday/Sunday schedules with the new service to begin on Monday, April 24. While there will be minor adjustments in timing to the weekday schedule, the Saturday/Sunday schedules will reflect the additional stops at the Zia Road Station.
The 80-inch monitor hanging on the wall above the customer service desk at the New Mexico Rail Runner Express office displays scenes from 33 security cameras along the Rail Runner’s Belen to Santa Fe corridor. Three more are focused on the actual train yard. Monitoring the cameras, answering phones, and sending messages to staff occupy much of the work schedule for the five members of the customer service team who like to think of themselves as a “family.” Despite the other duties, those cameras demand a lot of attention.
Rio Metro Regional Transit District has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you an expanded BICI Bike Share. While we don’t have a definite timeline on the expansion, we’d still love your feedback! Please consider joining us to chat about the program at one of our three pop-up meetings this month in Albuquerque.
Rio Metro’s Seniors Ride Free promotion has been extended! Every Wednesday through the end of summer, seniors age 62+ can ride any New Mexico Rail Runner Express train at no cost. This special promotion gives residents and visitors the opportunity to explore locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque using public transportation. Plan your trip now!
Native American culture comes alive at the 34th Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, April 27-29 at Expo NM in Albuquerque. Nearly 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes of Canada and the United States will participate socially and competitively in 35 different categories and styles. The event also features a market with works from over 800 artisans, crafters, and traders, delicious food, health screenings, and more. Taking the train? Exit the Rail Runner at the Downtown ABQ Station and board ABQ Ride Bus Route 66, 766, or 777 east to Central and San Pedro. The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is an experience for everyone!
Enjoy bacon creations from 50 top chefs, great craft brews, and three dynamite blues bands during this year’s Bacon, Beer and Blues at the Southwest Bacon Fest. There will be bacon pizza, bacon pies, bacon tacos, bacon burgers, bacon donuts, and other surprising and delicious dishes. Don’t miss the bacon eating contest on the main stage at 2 p.m.! The event will take place on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Hinkle Family Fun Center is hosting its annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event features interactive booths on Hinkle’s miniature golf courses. Stop by the egg decorating station, pick up Easter eggs and candy from participating sponsor booths, visit with Trax, and meet the Easter Bunny!
The 32nd Annual Run for the Zoo - and walk with us too! presented by the Bank of America and New Mexico BioPark Society will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017. This one-day fundraising event offer races for all ages and fitness levels: Half Marathon, 10K Timed, 5K Timed, 5K Fitness Run/Walk, and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk around the back of the Zoo. You can also upgrade your race experience with a VIP Tent entry which includes breakfast, beverages, Run for the Zoo swag, VIP restrooms, massages, and more!