Rail Runner Commuter Rail
About half of New Mexico's 2 million-plus residents live between Belen, a suburb south of Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. With increasing traffic volume and geography constraints making the widening of existing highways or the construction of new ones extremely difficult, New Mexico began looking at mass transportation alternatives. A study determined that commuter rail was a feasible choice.
We provided program management, railroad operations support, design services and environmental assistance during Phase 1 of the Rail Runner Commuter Rail project, which connected Belen to Bernalillo. We also provided design services for Segment 4 of the extension from Bernalillo to Santa Fe. Specific tasks included evaluation of existing railroad crossings; evaluation of alternative commuter rail station locations; development of service designs for the planned commuter rail system; coordination with BNSF Railway; and planning and design of commuter rail stations including access, parking and platform design.
The day Rail Runner began operation it brought commuter rail service to more than 500,000 people. It also provides critical intermodal connections to local bus, Amtrak and Greyhound service at the Alvarado Transportation Center in downtown Albuquerque, which is less than a 15-minute walk for almost 20,000 downtown Albuquerque workers.