The "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