Wednesday, November 19, 2008

WAITING FOR THE TRAIN?


The train will be here tomorrow, if I get to the station on time. This is the newly finished Los Lunas station for the RailRunner commuter train . It presently runs from Belen to Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque by about 20 miles. The extension of the tracks to Santa Fe is almost finished and should be in operation by the end of the year.
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has been an enthusiastic pusher of this commuteer rail service, which was proposed by ex-governor Toney Anaya many years ago. Interestingly, the city of Albuqerque's bus lines re-arranged their schedules to cordinate with the arrival and departure times of the RailRunner. A commuter can catch the train here, hop off in Albuquerque and step right on the bus to his ultimate goal, making it a seamless transportation system. (If the commuter is a bicycle rider, his bike can go on the RailRunner -and city busses- free!)
So tomorrow morning I shall hop down to the station and take a picture of the RailRunner.
Stay tuned!

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