” Rail Runner to Santa Fe: The New Mexico Rail Runner Express zips through ancient Pueblo lands with stunning scenic views and connects to historic Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. Tickets are available onboard or online. Whether you have a car or not, getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an easy trip…”( from Rail runner info on line)
” The New Mexico Rail Runner is a 97 mile commuter rail connecting downtown Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Construction of the first phase of the project from Bernalillo to Belen began in 2005 on the tracks already in use by Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight trains and the service began in December 2006…. “(from Rail runner info on line )
” Ridership on New Mexico’s commuter rail system has tumbled so far during the past decade that legislative analysts now recommend closing or limiting service at one location -in downtown Bernalillo….. the state should not open new stations and focus on making the Rail Runner Express more competitive with those commuting by car…. ” (from Train ridership continues to fall in New Mexico, Albuquerque Journal, 2019)
” Last year, the train made 2.8 million on fares, while the cost to operate the Rail Runner was $28.4 million. Plus, the department estimates the total debt repayment over 20 years amounts to $784 million….. “(KRKE News-May7,2015)
This train, Scotttreks suspects, will be here long after Scott is gone.
Closing the Rail Runner and putting the savings into free health clinics would be a better return on taxpayer money.
It’s hard for all of us to find a Doctor in New Mexico, especially when we need one.
Knowing this state like we do, residents don’t understand,or like, the waste and abuse of power by their elected officials, but they keep voting them back into office, decade after decade.
It takes a lot of work to stay one of the poorest states in the Union.