New Mexico Commuter Line Reaches 5 Million Passenger Mark

Bloomsberg Businessweek has recently reported that New Mexico’s Rail Runner Express has just met a notable ridership milestone.  This week marked the commuter train’s 5 millionth passenger, who boarded the train around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26.  The passenger, 52 year old Jerry Martinez, is a daily passenger of the Rail Runner Express and boarded the train to commute into downtown Albuquerque for work.  Upon becoming the 5 millionth passenger, Martinez was welcomed with a special surprise.  As a reward for being involved in the ridership achievement, Martinez was given a year long rail pass, an official 5 Millionth Passenger Certificate and a gift bag donated by a local Costco.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has serviced the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas since it was opened in 2006.  The rail line currently has 13 stations, with a 14th in the works and has nearly 4,000 daily passengers.
The Rail Runner Express can be quite proud of its 5 million rider accomplishment.  The 5 million passenger mark is especially impressive, because it is a relatively small commuter line that has only been operational for five years.  The line found a fun way to celebrate their special day and the rewarded passenger will surely appreciate the free year of rail travel and other gifts. Hopefully the line will continue to have success and possibly expand their service to provide greater commuter rail access for New Mexico residents.


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