Rail Runner eyes service cuts amid mandated safety upgrades


September 10, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — 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...

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