Monthly Rail Runner passholders will still see substantial discount
After nearly a year of sharply discounted train fares, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will resume to full fare rates starting Monday, April 3.
Full fare rates range from $2 to $10 one way, depending on the number of zones a passenger is traveling through.
One-way reduced rates start at $1 and go up to $5, depending on the number of zones.
Reduced fares are available to youth ages 10-17, seniors age 60 and older, students with a valid ID or proof of enrollment, Medicare card holders and people with disabilities who have:
- An NM Motor Vehicle Department notification
- A letter from doctor indicating disability (with expiration date)
- An ABQ RIDE Honored Citizen Card
- A Santa Fe Ride Card or Santa Fe Trails Half Fare Card
Children 9 and younger can ride the Rail Runner for free and seniors 60 and older ride free on Wednesdays.
Active duty military and veterans can ride for free with one of the following:
- VHIC or VA medical card
- Veteran’s ID (VIC card)
- Driver’s License with a veteran’s designation
- Department of Defense Active Duty & Dependent Military IDs
- NMRX Freedom Pass
The exception to the return to full fares is the Rail Runner Monthly Pass, which will be discounted at 50 percent off through Dec. 31 of this year.
“Last year’s fare reduction came right as gas prices across the nation shot way up, and people were beginning to return to the workplace”, said Dewy V. Cave, Executive Director, Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “We were fortunate to work with the Governor’s office to be able to offer a 75-percent fare reduction for almost a year — and we think those lower fares gave many people an opportunity to save some money — as well as attract others who had never commuted by rail to give it a try.”
Visit riometro.org/fareupdate to learn more about the fare update, see a list of Frequently Asked Questions and to get assistance with calculating fare.
Rio Metro Customer Service representatives are available at 866-795-RAIL (7245) from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
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