• Albuquerque New Mexico Rail Runner Railrunner

  • General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.
General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by Pensyfan19
 
Backshophoss wrote: Fri May 22, 2020 5:51 pm With the virus hitting NM,the governor shut down the service to "flatten the curve" in march,possible return on May 31.
Install and Testing of the I-ETMS PTC was done in the meantime and is online.
A bit short for a shutdown, no? At least PTC is now installed so that this railroad doesn't have to worry about the government urging them to install it by a certain date or else.
  by Backshophoss
 
The entire state was shut down at the same time in march ,ABQ and Santa Fe local Bus transit reverted to Saturday service.
Only the "Big Box" sand Grocery store stayed open.
NM is in "phase 1 reopening".most retail has returned,except forMcKinley,SanJuan counties,along with the Navajo Nation lands are still on "stay at home orders "and curfews
  by Tadman
 
I have wanted to ride this service for over ten years and never have. But most trains do not stop at the airport. That's a huge swing/miss for me. I visited a few months after startup on vacation and they gave me this poster at the depot. I love it.

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  by njt/mnrrbuff
 
It sounds like Railrunner Express has had plenty of hit or miss ridership. The problem is that probably there are not enough jobs close enough to many of the train stations. ABQ is a spread out city and that goes with many of the towns served by Railrunner Express. The commuting schedule isn't great. It better times, it's good if you work in Santa Fe but when traveling to ABQ from the direction of Santa Fe, it's an issue. Railrunner Express is a great service to use when making daytrips from Santa Fe to ABQ and vice versa. I did that in August of 2014 and the morning train that I took was crowded.
  by Backshophoss
 
The Sunport is reached wit a bus connection downtown Abq the stop in the notrth valley also has a weekday bus connection.
Expansion to Las Vegas NM,getting rid of the NMDOT Bus commuter runs could help creating a Santa Fe-La Vegas service.
  by mtuandrew
 
Backshophoss wrote: Fri May 22, 2020 9:20 pm The Sunport is reached wit a bus connection downtown Abq the stop in the notrth valley also has a weekday bus connection.
Expansion to Las Vegas NM,getting rid of the NMDOT Bus commuter runs could help creating a Santa Fe-La Vegas service.
Lots of nothing between Santa Fe and Las Vegas NM. Is the passenger volume there? And is the potential passenger volume higher than a southward to Socorro/NM Tech (or west to Laguna Pueblo) expansion?
  by Backshophoss
 
BNSF wont allow NMRX on the Transconn, Belen Yard gets contested at time as the Flat switched yard is in the center
between the EB and WB fuel racks,so reaching Socorro (NM Tech)is a bit of a bear to get to.
Between Lamy and Los Vegas,there's a few hamlet sized towns and Glorieta retreat campus that are not served by the commuter bus
  by njt/mnrrbuff
 
A lot of New Mexico is no mans land and I don't think going to Vegas, New Mexico would be that cost effective. I don't think too many people are using the Railrunner Express to get directly to the airport, especially to catch a flight either. Greater ABQ is not the NYC metropolitan area where I live. I see plenty of people taking Amtrak and NJT trains to connect to flights at EWR. ABQ is a whole different ballgame.
  by Tadman
 
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks Las Vegas NM is nuts for subsidized trains. That is far away and very few people.

This whole service should probably be DMU like the SuperSprinter or Turbostar, if they were available here.
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