On the heels of the recent announcement from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rio Metro Regional Transit District wants to remind people the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be cutting fares by 75 percent through July 31.

“We commend the governor for her actions to increase affordability for commuters and travelers, as gas prices across the country remain high”, said Terry Doyle, director of Rio Metro Regional Transit District. “Daily ridership is about 60 percent of pre pandemic levels, and this fare reduction will encourage many to get back on the train, and also attract others who have never commuted by rail to give it a try.”

All one-way, day pass and monthly pass Rail Runner fares will be reduced by 75 percent. The reduced fares will not apply to annual train passes.

Rio Metro Regional Transit District will shift operational costs to cover 50 percent of the fare reduction — the remaining 25 percent reduction will be covered by reimbursement funding from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The reduced prices will remain in place through at least July 31.

For more details, visit riometro.org/farepromotion. Rio Metro Customer Service representatives are available at 866-795-7245 and 505-245-RAIL (7245) from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

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