Monday, December 22, 2008

BYE-BYE BIRDIE


I finally got a photograph of the Railrunner commuter train leaving the Los Lunas station. Since December 17th the train now runs from Belen in the south to Santa Fe in the north. A new station has also been built on the Isleta Pueblo. A shuttle bus from that station to the Pueblo's casino and resort hotel is planned.

The train is free on weekends (Saturday/Sunday) until 4 January, and will be shut down on Christmas and the day after (25-26 December) and New Years Day (1 January) . As I understand it, fares from Belen to Santa Fe will be $6.00 with a graduated scale for in-between stations, and only $1.00 for senior citizens 65 and up, and children under 6 years. Check with your nearest station (or the New Mexico Department of Transportation) for confirmation of the above fares, and for departure and arrival times.

The train gets its name from our state bird, the Roadrunner, and the graphics on its engine and cars is a Disney-esque rendeering of the same. The little over two hour ride from Belen to Santa Fe is an inexpensive way to see a part of central New Mexico, but remember, the train is primarily set up for working commuters who need to go back and forth every day, and departure and arrival times are set for a normal working day schedule.


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