September 2016 - Issue 62
Monthly Transportation News from and for the Region 
Walk! Ride! Play! Third Annual ABQ 
CiQlovía Returns on October 15th

The ABQ CiQlov ía returns to Albuquerque for the third run of this fun event on Saturday, October 15, from 9am-2pm. This year's route will be along Central Avenue between 2nd  and 8th Streets. 

If you haven't experienced the ABQ CiQlov í a, here's what it's all about: it is an "open streets" event where the road is temporarily closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to people on foot and bike, allowing people to experience our largest public spaces--streets--in an entirely new way. The event encourages people of all ages to celebrate or try out active forms of transportation in a fun and safe (and social!) environment. 

The event coincides with the Downtown Growers Market and will feature brunch served on the Roving Table, the Duke City Pedaler, Complete Streets demonstration projects, live music, root beer, a bike rodeo, arts and culture. CiQlov í a is an opportunity to stimulate a community conversation about bicycle, pedestrian, and public health issues, the local economy, and encouraging active lifestyles. 

There are volunteer and sponsorship/donation opportunities available. If you are interested, contact For more information on the event, check out and 
Rio Metro Regional Transit District Board of Directors Handbook

Rio Metro is pleased to release its first Board of Directors Handbook. The handbook was created to give new and existing board members an overview of Rio Metro's regional role, history, unique mix of transit services, board structure and function, employees and transit partners, financial outlook, and major initiatives. The handbook is also a useful reference for those who want to learn more about Rio Metro. A copy may be viewed and downloaded here

Economic Cost Savings of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (Fiscal Years 2007-2016)

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the NM Rail Runner Express, a report was produced showing the 10-year cost savings due to the Rail Runner for roadway maintenance costs, personal vehicle operation and maintenance, and emissions reduction. Below are summary statistics from the report, and you can read the full three-page report   here.

Rail Runner 10-Year Summary Statistics
  • Estimated ridership: 10 million passengers / 400 million passenger miles traveled (PMT)
  • Estimated roadway maintenance cost savings: $5.0 million
  • Estimated household vehicle operation and maintenance cost savings: $75.3 million
  • Estimated automobile emissions cost savings: $4.1 million
Free Webinars Shown at MRCOG

Pl ease join us for the remaining APBP Webinars every third Wednesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  at the MRCOG Offices, 809 Copper Ave NW 87102.
The APBP webinars help to raise awareness of non-motorized issues with our transportation partners and facilitate interaction between the staffs of different local governments within our region.
These webinars are free and eligible for AICP certificate maintenance credits or other professional development hours.

Funding for these webinars was made possible, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Healthy Here: Communities Leading Healthy Change effort.
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) remaining 2016 Webinars:
Pedestrians and Cyclists in a Suburban Context
Date: Wednesday September 21, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Intersections that Work for Pedestrians and Cyclists
Date: Wednesday October 19, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Transitions between Bikeway Facilities
Date: Wednesday November  16, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Tips to Demystify Traffic Analysis
Date: Wednesday December 14, 2016   1:00pm-2:00pm
Special Weekend Trains for the 2016 Balloon Fiesta
Avoid the traffic and parking headaches and take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to the most colorful event in the world! The New Mexico Rail Runner Express has partnered with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta to create a special Balloon Fiesta & Rail Pass, which is available for both weekends of the Fiesta. Each pass includes an All-Zone, All Day pass on the Rail Runner, a shuttle from the Los Ranchos / Journal Center Station to the event and back, and admission to a morning or afternoon Balloon Fiesta session of your choice.
All Aboard for Success Career Fair

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express and New Mexico Workforce Connection are collaborating to host a multi-industry job fair. The All Aboard for Success Career Fair will take place on  Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Mexico Workforce Connection office in Albuquerque. There will be 40 participating employers with hundreds of job openings. The first 100 attendees will receive a free Rail Runner day pass.
September Calendar

Metropolitan Transportation Board Meeting
Friday, September 16 (10-11:30am)
MRCOG Board Room
Rio Metro Board Meeting
Friday, September 16 (12pm)
MRCOG Board Room
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Webinar: Street Design and Planning in Suburban Contexts Wednesday, September 21
MRCOG First Floor Conference Room
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