Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rail Runner Public Meetings

Rail Runner LogoThe "It" question this winter is: "Have you taken the Rail Runner yet?" Folks are riding round-trips for the fun of it, or disembarking in Albuquerque for lunch or festivals in Belén. In just two months of the Rail Runner hitting Santa Fe, it's definitely changing the nature of transportation and leisure.

However, not everyone has found the Rail Runner to be accessible or convenient, and there are more stops and connections planned for both the train and related public transportation. In the meantime, check out the Pick-Up van that circles the city to take Rail Runner visitors around the town to access Santa Fe. Schedules are available at the Main Library, and stops are clearly marked.

To add your two cents about connections, the Regional Planning Authority staff, with support from both the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County, will be hosting public meetings in February and March to discuss potential areas where local transit service could be expanded. The public involvement meetings will be an “open house” format for the first hour, followed by a presentation from staff, with time allotted for public comment to follow.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

February 16, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Santa Fe County Commission Chambers @ 102 Grant Avenue

February 17, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Genoveva Chavez Community Center @ 3221 Rodeo Road

March 10, 2009, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Eldorado Community Assoc. Railroad Bdg. @ 1 Hacienda Loop

March 12, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Santa Fe Community College @ 6401 South Richards Ave.

March 17, 2009, 6:00-8:00p.m.
Santa Fe County Satellite Office Cuyamungue @ 17839A US84/285
(west side US84/285 @ Buffalo Thunder exit)

For further information, please contact:

Mary Helen Follingstad, Executive Director, Santa Fe Regional Planning Authority, 995-6508

Jon Bulthuis, City of Santa Fe Transit Director, at 955-2006

Andrew Jandacek, Santa Fe County Planner at, 986-6214

3 comments:

George Geder said...

Help!

Where can you catch the Rail Runner and get a schedule in Santa Fe?

Thanks in advance.

Peace,
"Guide by the Ancestors"

am@main said...

The Santa Fe Public Library Main branch has Rail Runner schedules, or you can access information at the Rail Runner site: http://www.nmrailrunner.com/

Giuseppe Quinn said...

Over 1300 people and businesses, including the Popejoy Theater, have signed onto a Facebook cause calling for a more culture friendly schedule for the Rail Runner Express. As the schedule stands now, it hurts restaurants, bars, live music, theater, the Opera, Popejoy, The Pit, and everyone that works in this, the second largest, industry in New Mexico. The RRE weekday last train leaves so soon after 9 to 5 business hours, that you can't stop for a meal, have a drink with co-workers, stay to see a show or hear music. This means patrons and audiences that used to support this fabric of our community, and the tips that used to end up in the hands of waitstaff are being stifled in order to catch the train.

Later trains would also make I25 safer, since the RRE could be the best designated driver any drinker ever met. Better that the drunks are sleeping it off on the 70 minute ride than behind the headlights coming toward you.

No Sunday trains, no late night weekdays, and limited late night on Friday and Saturdays, The second largest industry in New Mexico, after Government, deserves better.

Join the cause on www.facebook.com at http://apps.new.facebook.com/causes/153822/28935187?m=aeb49c8f