Rail Runner Zia Station opens in Santa Fe Web Staff
April 24, 2017 05:47 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- After nearly eight years, the Rail Runner began making stops at the Zia Station in Santa Fe Monday.


Many people living near the intersection of Zia Road and St. Francis Drive have been worried about the train stops causing traffic delays. City leaders say the rail runner will not stop there during peak hours.

Officials with the city, Rail Runner and Rio Metro Transit were on hand to formally open the station for service.

"It's great to be able to add Zia Road to the Rail Runner schedule, said Dewey Cave, chief executive officer for Rio Metro Regional Transit District. "It took more time" than expected, but I think the community, nearby businesses and passengers will find Zia Road to be a very viable stop along the corridor– especially for those shorter trips in and around Santa Fe. "

The station does not have parking available. It's designed for passengers to be dropped off and picked up at the station, officials said.

"Over 500,000 riders a year see this site as an entrance into the capital city and I am pleased that it is operating and welcoming for the city," Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Church said. "The Rail Runner recently celebrated 10 years of service between Belen and Santa Fe and the opening of the new ZIA station is a tribute to the success of a commuter rail service in northern New Mexico."

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