Albuquerque – Weekend riders on the Rail Runner Express commuter train from Albuquerque to Santa Fe will pay $2 more on the weekends to make up for a $750,000 budget shortfall.
The Rio Metro Transit Board also decided Friday to raise weekday fares by $1 on a one-way ticket between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The Rail Runner's transit marketing coordinator, Jay Faught, says the weekday fare increase was needed to meet a Federal Transit Administration rule and is unrelated to the budget shortfall.
The changes take effect Feb. 15.
On the weekends, passengers will pay the same fare as weekday riders. Until now, it had been $2 cheaper per trip.
On Saturdays, the early and late trains between Albuquerque and Santa Fe will be eliminated. Sunday service won't change.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com
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