New Mexico can’t afford to keep Rail Runner

A recent column by Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility:

Enforcement not job for rail companies

More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union Pacific Corp. to […]

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]

Railroads seek to fix last remaining bottlenecks

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By David Koenig, The Associated Press FORT SUMNER — Perched at a big window in the last rail car, Matthew Rose watched as he passed three westbound trains near the Pecos River Bridge, then four eastbound trains on the other side of the span. None were moving. Some would not budge for at least a […]

Governor says commuter rail not dead

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday there are “a few glitches,” but the planned Rail Runner commuter train remains on track. The governor said at a Capitol rally that he envisions commuter rail service all the way to Raton — “All of northern New Mexico will benefit,” he said — […]