Rail Runner receives federal funding for PTC installation (updated)

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A Rail Runner Express train from Santa Fe arrives in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2016. The commuter railroad has received major federal funding to help install positive train control.
Bob Johnston

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — New Mexico’s commuter rail system, the Rail Runner Express, has received a $29.4 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which should provide the necessary funding to complete installation of positive train control, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The state’s congressional delegation announced the grant on Tuesday. It will complete the $60 million necessary for financing PTC installation. The Rio Metro Regional Transit District, which operates the Rail Runner, expects installation to be complete by 2020 and has requested a waiver to continue operating after the Dec. 31, 2018 deadline for PTC. A release from the congressional delegation — U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan, Steve Pearce, and Michelle Lujan Grisham — says that, without the grant, Rail Runner service would have faced significant cuts to cover PTC costs.

The 97-mile, 15-station Rail Runner Express operates daily (except for five holidays) between Santa Fe and Belen, N.M., with seven weekday round trips between Albuquerque and Belen and eight between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

— Updated Aug. 22 at 12:15 p.m. with photo and additional details.







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