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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express have announced a fare reduction of 75% through the end of July due to increasing gas prices.
The reduction, which began yesterday, is applicable to all one-way, day pass and monthly pass Rail Runner fares. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District will shift operational costs to cover 50% of the fare reduction, with the remaining 25% to be covered by reimbursement funding from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, officials from the governor’s office said in a press release.
Daily ridership on the Rail Runner is at about 60% of pre-pandemic levels, said Rio Metro Director Terry Doyle. The reduction is part of an overall initiative to convince riders to return to the transit system as the pandemic wanes.
"Reducing public transportation costs for the Rail Runner provides commuters with another affordable option while gas prices remain high," Grisham said.