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Espanola, Taos look into Rail Runner extension

There are 40 comments on the KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from Jan 6, 2009, titled Espanola, Taos look into Rail Runner extension. In it, KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

The wild popularity of the Rail Runner's Santa Fe extension has caused other New Mexico cities to want to hop on board.

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YouAreClueless

Rio Rancho, NM

#21 Jan 7, 2009
StoreOwner wrote:
Lightrail is electric powered used in cities. Commuter rail is heavy rail, typically diesel powered.
The diesel engine is used only to turn the generator which supplies electricity to the traction motors which actually move the train!
oliver clozof

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Jan 7, 2009
my boyfriend delivers stuff to businesses in espaņola all the time. he says the only places that seem to do any kind of outstanding business are (guess what?) the casinos and gas stations... i can see people wanting to go back and forth between santa fe and albuquerque for the commercial and cultural exchange but espaņola and taos... that's a stretch. it's not a terrible idea but it's stretching to the point of breaking to consider it brilliant. road traffic really isn't the best but a railrunner connection is not a solution. maybe the two cities and those along the corridor between them should do something else about their traffic problems before they try and throw a bandage worth millions to taxpayers on it.

“Hold Fast”

Since: Oct 08

Rio Rancho, NM

#23 Jan 7, 2009
Come on now:
Why not? As long as it stops near a discount cigarette/liquor store!

“hardcore engine revver”

Since: Dec 07

Los Angeles, CA

#24 Jan 7, 2009
open wrote:
The train doesn't go to one of the largest cities in New Mexico, Rio Rancho, but they want it to go to Taos and Espanola. You gotta love the genius who makes these decisions.
Hmmm, Taos is a top 25 ski resort in North America (that includes Canada for those of you in Rio rancho) and Rio Rancho is a top.... Uhh, I'm drawing a blank here.
Ted

Albuquerque, NM

#25 Jan 7, 2009
evil todd wrote:
<quoted text>Hmmm, Taos is a top 25 ski resort in North America (that includes Canada for those of you in Rio rancho) and Rio Rancho is a top.... Uhh, I'm drawing a blank here.
...Uhh I think Rio Rancho is tops on cookie cutter homes, strip malls, and chain restaurants.

Since: Sep 08

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#26 Jan 7, 2009
I think it is a great idea. I have several friends that commute everyday to work in Santa Fe. I know I would use it. I travel to Santa Fe at least 10 times a month. I would use it.

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#27 Jan 7, 2009
Hmmn wrote:
A good idea, but...
Is this a new third world corridor for future US cheap labor? A one way train? El Paso to Denver?
Hmm. Just a thought.
You bettcha, green cards NOT required. Kinda like the old underground RR's of WWII...
Dan Burnham

Chicago, IL

#28 Jan 7, 2009
Don't you love some people? The extension has been up and running for about a month and they say it's already a failure, and scream about their taxes again and again. I hope you're enjoying your near-worthless sprawl tract housing and your near worthless SUV.
Charlotte

Los Alamos, NM

#29 Jan 10, 2009
As a resident of Santa Fe who works in Los Alamos, I think an extension towards Espanola makes a lot of sense. Similar to the ABQ-Sfe route, the ridership will be a tad lopsided, with heavy incoming ridership in the mornings (into SFe) and outward in the evenings, but this is what the RailRunner was meant to carry. The traffic I see coming from Espanola into SFe in the mornings as I leave to head to LANL is really heavy; commuters into the capitol would really benefit from having the rail instead of driving. So would the environment, and the cost for road maintenance and emergency services, due to a reduction in accidents.
Charlotte

Los Alamos, NM

#30 Jan 10, 2009
Corn Daddy needs a history lesson. The Underground Railroad was a feature of the Civil War and slavery, not World War II.
Gregory

Lincoln, NE

#31 Jan 10, 2009
This train should be Extended to Espanola for many reasons.. for one lots of people commute to Santa Fe for Espanola every day.. it is getting pretty bad. It would decrease traffic which would be great, this train would also benefit Espanola as well.. It would boost its economy and get that town booming again, but going to Taos is over doing it..it would cost tooo much going threw those mountains!
Robert

Dallas, TX

#32 Jan 12, 2009
My experience has been Railrunner passnegers are much better mannered than most of the trash on I-25.
wallynm wrote:
And the folks that ride the FAILRUNNER have some of the best manners in the world!!! NOT
<quoted text>
Robert

United States

#33 Jan 12, 2009
Well, why is KOB always giving traffic and congestion reports for I-25? I personally feel like KOB is running a continuous advertisement for I-25.
justathinking wrote:
Why is the railrunner always in the news. I sometimes feel like KOB is running a continuous advertisement for it. <...>
Rocky2

Huntsville, AL

#34 Jan 12, 2009
Under federal law, commuter rail can only go so far. Beyond that the state must get Amtrak to operate the service. I'm not sure how they define the limits, perhaps someone else knows. Going to Denver or El Paso would for sure fall under Amtrak. Several states do contract with them to operate longer routes, such as in California and Missouri.

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#35 Jan 12, 2009
Charlotte wrote:
Corn Daddy needs a history lesson. The Underground Railroad was a feature of the Civil War and slavery, not World War II.
Civil war is what I meant, I had a Sr moment with my fingers. Dang I hate getting old<G>...
Robert

United States

#36 Jan 13, 2009
I've never heard of this. What law limits the length of a commuter rail line? Long Island RR runs a line about 120 miles. Even if this were the case, the current Amtrak reauthorization allows for up to two routes to be opened up to private operators.
Rocky2 wrote:
Under federal law, commuter rail can only go so far. Beyond that the state must get Amtrak to operate the service. I'm not sure how they define the limits, perhaps someone else knows. Going to Denver or El Paso would for sure fall under Amtrak. Several states do contract with them to operate longer routes, such as in California and Missouri.
Andrew Greene

Annapolis, MD

#37 Jan 14, 2009
this is a great idea, but why not make the idea simpler. Just relay all the narrow gauge track between Antonito, Colorado, and Santa Fe. Rebuild the chili line. The grade is still there, it would service all the places it did when the Denver & Rio Grande Western ran it, and it would be cheaper than running standard gauge. Plus then you could connect to the economies with Alamosa, Antonito, Chama, Tres Piedras, and everthing that is connected to it (Cumbres & Toltec Scenic, San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad)
cactus jim

United States

#38 Jan 14, 2009
.[the underground railroad was used to send escaped slaves to santuary in the north before and during the civil war in this country.and it wasn't a railroad.]

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#39 Jan 14, 2009
cactus jim wrote:
.[the underground railroad was used to send escaped slaves to santuary in the north before and during the civil war in this country.and it wasn't a railroad.]
Ahhhh yess, escapees from south of our border going north. Be it a true RR or a general path of sorts. That scenario fits well with todays happenings don't you think?

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

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#40 Jan 14, 2009
And a spur t/f Espanola simply means one can get their drugs via a new avenue!

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