Funds secured for safety upgrades to commuter rail system

August 22, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s commuter rail system has secured $60 million for safety upgrades required by the federal government.

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District secured enough funds for the safety upgrades after the state’s congressional delegation announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $29.4 million grant to the Rail Runner Express.

The district expects to have a new safety system known as positive train control installed by the end of 2020.

The Rail Runner was expected to implement positive train control at the end of the year.

Officials hope to get an extension from the federal government and get approval to keep operating under its current schedule until the work is completed.