Here is another one of the big stories from Tuesday’s elections. TFA does not specialize in “transit” but New Mexico’s Rail Runner is bigger than that and we are pleased to give you this important update on a measure that will bring better transportation to a wide area. The Associated Press has a comprehensive story.
Voters in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia counties approved the Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s proposed tax levy, which will raise an estimated $26 million a year for the transit district.
The counties of Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos passed the North Central Regional Transit District transit tax, which will raise $8 million a year.
The initiatives will increase local gross receipts taxes by one-eighth of 1 percent — the equivalent of 12.5 cents per $100 — to pay for expanded transportation services.
Half the estimated revenue in the Rio Metro District will be dedicated to operating and maintaining the Rail Runner, which is to begin running to Santa Fe by the end of the year, said Lawrence Rael, executive director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments, which oversees rail service operations for the state.
The other half will go toward expanded bus and transit connections for rural areas in Sandoval and Valencia counties, he said.