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Rail Runner eyes service cuts amid mandated safety upgrades

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FILE - This Aug. 13, 2014 file photo shows a Rail Runner Express locomotive at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. Expensive federal safety standards may force New Mexico to cut service levels for the state's commuter rail line, state officials said. The Rail Runner is facing a short deadline and an estimated $50 million cost to implement a state-of-the-art train safety system called Positive Train Control. Barry Massey, File AP Photo

Expensive federal safety standards may force New Mexico to cut service levels for the state’s commuter rail line, state officials said.

The Rail Runner is facing a short deadline and an estimated $50 million cost to implement a state-of-the-art train safety system called Positive Train Control, KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reported (https://goo.gl/hkWtvc).

State officials acknowledge the Rail Runner is unlikely to meet a Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for installing the safety system. They have submitted a limited operations plan that may result in a reduction in the number of daily passenger trains.

The Rio Metro Regional Transit District believes it will take $50 million to get the system installed on Rail Runner’s 96-mile track between Santa Fe and Belen, Rio spokeswoman Augusta Meyers said. The transit district oversees the Rail Runner.

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