Commuter trains could connect the West's far-flung cities

Best, Allen
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p10
This article focuses on the need of longer commuter rails to connect the western cities in the United States. Light rails are run with the help of electric power, but commuter-rail trains are pulled by diesel-powered locomotives. In comparison to light rails, they are slower to start and stop, but they cost less to operate. For commuter trains, existing rail lines can also be used which means that cities can often avoid spending billions on new track. They can just buy passenger cars and build new stations to run commuter trains. In early 2006, the Rail Runner Express will start chugging along 46 miles of existing track paralleling the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It will provide an alternative to the increasingly snarled Interstate 25. According to regional planners, the rail is needed to accommodate Albuquerque's growing population which is projected to surpass 1 million in the next 25 years. Governor Bill Richardson also plans to extend the rail line 60 miles north, to Santa Fe.


Related Articles

  • New Mexico Mulls Gas-Tax Hike to Fund Transportation Plan. Williamson, Richard // Bond Buyer;8/27/2003, Vol. 345 Issue 31707, p40 

    Reports on alterations planned in New Mexico's tax structure to fund Governor Richardson's Investment Plan (GRIP), a transportation program proposed by Governor Bill Richardson as of August 2003. Financing mechanisms to be used by the state to implement GRIP; Services and facilities to be...

  • NEW MEXICO: GRIP II Gets House OK. Watts, Jim // Bond Buyer;3/6/2007, Vol. 359 Issue 32580, p9 

    The article reports on the House of Representatives' endorsement of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's package of more than 100 bond-backed local transportation projects including work at the state's spaceport. The legislation authorizes the New Mexico Board of Finance to issue up to 250...

  • Roads and New Mexico's Big Commute. Rosales, Glen // New Mexico Business Journal;Aug2004, Vol. 28 Issue 8, p50 

    Focuses on the road and transportation systems in New Mexico. Advantages of the interstate highways in the state; Information on road construction and improvement plan of Governor Bill Richardson; Benefits of the Park & Ride Program to commuters in the state.

  • NEW MEXICO: GRIP II Gets Green Light. Watts, Jim // Bond Buyer;4/24/2007, Vol. 360 Issue 32614, p9 

    The article reports on the bill signed by Governor Bill Richardson which dedicates about $180 million for local road, bridge, and drainage projects in New Mexico. Richardson stresses the importance of the transportation network to the communities, people, and markets to keep the state's economic...

  • Gov. Richardson, CDR Deny 'pay-to-Play' Violations. Williamson, Richard; Ackerman, Andrew // Bond Buyer;1/6/2009, Vol. 367 Issue 33035, p8 

    The article reports on the move of CDR Financial Products to deny allegations concerning their work as the swap adviser for the transportation program called Governor Bill Richardson's Investment Partnership (GRIP) in Dallas, Texas. According to the article, the project involves $1.5 billion in...

  • SECURING VIRGIN TERRITORY. Belfiore, Michael // Popular Science;Mar2006, Vol. 268 Issue 3, p34 

    This article talks about the deal announced by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and business mogul Richard Branson to build the first commercial spaceport as of 2006. Tentatively named Southwest Regional Spaceport, the terminal will be built to the specifications of Branson's space-tourism...

  • MONEY WELL SPENT. Tiflis, Fernie // U.S. Business Review;May2008, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p52 

    The article features New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and its Rail Runner Express project. The $400 million commuter rail project aims to connect Albuquerque and Santa Fe. NMDOT began working on the Rail Runner Express in early 2004 after a $1.6 billion transportation budget was...

  • Voice of reason. Sanz, Cynthia; Podesta, Jane Sims // People;8/7/95, Vol. 44 Issue 6, p61 

    Features Representative Bill Richardson, personal envoy of President Bill Clinton. Role in the release of Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi; Working relations with Clinton; Personal background.

  • Richardson considers diplomacy part of his job as representative. Torres, Joseph // Hispanic;May1996, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p10 

    Reports on the diplomacy-related activities of Congressman Bill Richardson. Rescue of constituents Joseph and Jamie Rivera, who were trapped in French Polynesia in the wake of demonstrations against French nuclear tests; Negotiation of a nuclear agreement in North Korea; Meeting with Iraqi...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics