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Old 01-25-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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Maybe The Gov can have some State agencies work weekends then it wouldn't stop. The State Employee Express would roll on!
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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Weekend service is going to remain in place with increased fares and a reduced schedule. I was hoping they wouldn't cancel it right before we were set to move to NM.

KOB.com - Rail Runner raising fares (http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s1396008.shtml?cat=516 - broken link)
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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FWIW - I live in southern New Hampshire and commute the 45 miles to Boston using a commercial bus service. The trip tales anywhere from 45 min to 4 hours depending on the weather. I pay $75 per week and that is less than the cost of parking a car in Boston as well as having someone else do the driving. The DOT is widening the I-93 instead of redeveloping the abandoned rail system that would follow almost the same route. If the Railrunner provides good service it will be successful even if it requires a subsidy.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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With a budget shortfall, how was that positive, exactly?

I haven't seen any solid numbers, but we can infer that the state government has $125M less to work with, because of the removed food tax.

Our state government is at last count about $650M in the hole.

Our government is indeed too big (that's a big negative for Richardson, since his executive-level appointments are definitely playing their part in making that hole as big as it is), but as long as we have a government in place, taxes will be required to fund it.

I think too many people would like to declare just about everything exempt from taxation to the point where our government has zero funding whatsoever. Food's no more sacred to me than income, property, or gross receipts.
And another one of the biggest reasons why this state is whatever-millions in the hole is that it is VERY business-unfriendly. Rules and regulations have driven out big companies like Marathon Oil--which provided jobs at better than average salaries for many.

Energy prices have been down for some time, yes, but any state that regulates to the point of strangulation is going to pay the price.

So you end up with stupid, idiotic stuff like taxing certain food items and having to create economic development panels/taxes in different places to try to attract jobs.

Well....quit regulating everything to death, and finding new ways to tax us.

Never mind two more huge money-gobbling items--Railrunner (benefits a very, very few and taxes all) and Spaceport--thank God Otero County was smart enough to opt out of THAT.

I'll stop here before this rant goes on to include King Richard/his minions/welfare.

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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Never mind two more huge money-gobbling items--Railrunner (benefits a very, very few and taxes all)
The Railrunner benefits half the state's population; it takes cars off I-25. If you drive I-25, there are fewer cars as a result. If you don't think it's a worthwhile use of money, hang out at a train station during commuter rush hour and just watch. People are really using it now.

Taxes all: Well, by that rationale, whatever state roads link up your corner of the state are taxing all too. I'm positive that if each county had to come up with the tax revenue it consumed for transportation, 80% of them would come up short. Bernalillo County would not be one of them, either.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Where I live.
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The Railrunner benefits half the state's population; it takes cars off I-25. If you drive I-25, there are fewer cars as a result. If you don't think it's a worthwhile use of money, hang out at a train station during commuter rush hour and just watch. People are really using it now.

Taxes all: Well, by that rationale, whatever state roads link up your corner of the state are taxing all too. I'm positive that if each county had to come up with the tax revenue it consumed for transportation, 80% of them would come up short. Bernalillo County would not be one of them, either.
I hope the Railrunner succeeds and is very viable over the long-term--and hopefully it will eventually come south. But we have a very long wait--if indeed it ever happens.

Roads are another matter. This state relies very heavily on tourism--and good roads mean more tourisim, as well as ease of commerce/travel--the list goes on.

People travel from one end of the state to the other--whether residents or visitors.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:37 PM
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Location: Central New Mexico
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The Railrunner benefits half the state's population; it takes cars off I-25. If you drive I-25, there are fewer cars as a result. If you don't think it's a worthwhile use of money, hang out at a train station during commuter rush hour and just watch. People are really using it now.
Source please?
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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Source please?
Try wikipedia's entry.

If you want a source on something more specific, recommend you ask something more specific.
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Old 03-31-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Default Rail Runner in Santa Fe

I was looking to take the rail runner in and out of Santa Fe to attend Santa Fe Community College. What I was wondering is when I get off at Santa Fe is the station and the school even remotely close to one another?
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Old 04-01-2010, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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I was looking to take the rail runner in and out of Santa Fe to attend Santa Fe Community College.
Hmmmm...that's going to be some sort of record commute from Chicago!
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