ALBUQUERQUE — Federal regulators have certified that the New Mexico Rail Runner Express met a year-end deadline to install a federally required safety system on the state-owned passenger service.

The Positive Train Control System is designed to prevent train collisions, high-speed derailments and incursions into track work zones.

The passenger service’s operator, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, began installing the $60 million system on the 100-mile route between Santa Fe and Belen south of Albuquerque in April 2019.

In addition to Rail Runner commuter trains, the route also is used by Amtrak long-distance passenger trains and BNSF freight trains.

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(2) comments

Joe Fuentes

Great spend more money on a train that doesn’t support itself please sell the train and cut our losses.

Chris Mechels

How lovely. A $60 million safety upgrade, for our empty train. The Chinese build the worlds best High Speed Rail system, and we do this. Truly pathetic...

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