New Mexico Rail Runner Express March Newsletter
Coming Soon: Books on the Train!
Starting March 6, passengers on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will see a new addition to the interior of our train cars. Each car will now feature a brightly labeled pocket containing children’s books near the entrance. These books are part of Reading on the Rails, a new program being offered by the Rail Runner to provide children and families with a meaningful and educational experience while riding the train.
Your Chance to Try Bike Share for Free
Did you know that downtown Albuquerque has a bike share program? Last year, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District acquired the pilot program started by DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, which features 15 stations and 75 bicycles. Currently, Rio Metro is working to expand the program beyond downtown, but residents and tourists don’t have to wait for the expansion to try it out. This lovely, spring-like weather is a great excuse to hop on a bike, cruise the Bosque trail, run an errand, or enjoy downtown. It’s fun, affordable, and healthy. Where do you want bike share? The first 5 people to email us a proposed station location will receive a complimentary pass!
Valencia County Employees Receive a Special Salute
On a chilly Thursday morning this February, Rio Metro’s Valencia County staff was greeted to a special delivery of Blake’s Lotaburger breakfast burritos and hot coffee. And the person delivering? None other than KOB 4’s beloved weatherman, Steve Stucker. The delivery was part of KOB 4’s Morning Shift Salute, where Stucker delivers breakfast to workers who get up early, do their jobs well, and work hard at what they do.
New Low-Floor Buses Now Serving Valencia County
In January of this year, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District introduced four new low-floor buses to our Valencia County fleet. The buses are equipped with an air ride system, allowing the driver to safely exit the bus through the passenger side to assist individuals in wheelchairs, and to lower the bus closer to the ground for passengers to get on and off.
Chocolate, Coffee, Gourmet Foods & More!
The Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest is the nation’s largest festival dedicated to chocolate, coffee, cakes, candy, teas, wine, beer, and gourmet foods. This year’s event will feature 140 vendors, a latte art contest, a baking contest, cooking demos, live music, live cow milking, and a kid’s zone! March 25-26 at EXPO New Mexico, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets, $10. Ages 4-12, $3. Under 3, Free. Students/Seniors 60+, $8 (ID required). Weekend passes are also available. Parking, $5.
Epilepsy Walk NM
Epilepsy Support & Education is presenting Epilepsy Walk NM, a walk at Tiguex Park on March 25 from 9-11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this very important event. Your support and participation will help raise epilepsy awareness in New Mexico. For more information call (505) 243-9119.