New Mexico Rail Activity

Have covered  developing rail topics for quite a while, but never made a comment on New Mexico. Actually trying hard to remember if I ever rode a train through New Mexico.

New Mexico Rail Runner Express recorded 7.9 million riders in first eight years

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express celebrated its eighth anniversary by providing giveaways and free snacks to riders.

Agency officials noted that during its first eight years of operations, ridership rose to 7.9 million (as of June 1). Officials anticipate the agency will have transported its 8 millionth rider sometime this month, according to a press release.

Also during its first eight years, the Rail Runner Express accommodated 269,820 bicycle boardings; provided assistance to 38,815 passengers; and operated over 305 million passenger miles.

BNSF begins double-track project in New Mexico


BNSF Railway Co. recently launched work on a $68 million double-track project west of Vaughn, N.M.The Class I plans to build 9.3-mile second main track to eliminate one of only four remaining single-track sections on its Southern Transcon route between Chicago and Los Angeles. Grading work is under way and track construction is scheduled to start in early 2015, with the double track expected to enter service in mid-2015.

The additional capacity will improve velocity and enhance service along the Transcon — one of the railroad’s most important routes, BNSF officials said in a press release.

After the project is completed, only 25 miles of single track will remain on the route, including a 2.3-mile segment in Ft. Sumner, N.M., over the Pecos River, they said.

The project is part of BNSF’s $5 billion capital plan in 2014, of which $2.3 billion is budgeted to improve the railroad’s core network and related assets.