Rio Rancho Profile

Transportation & Access to Markets

Rail Service

Main New Mexico freight line railroads consist of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Union Pacific (UP). The BNSF hauls 90 percent of all freight originating in New Mexico and 80 percent of all cargo terminating here. UP bridges traffic to California and the East. Short line railroads include Santa Fe Southern and Texas & New Mexico. BNSF also provides intermodal service. Intermodal services allow firms to combine rail, truck and sea transportation services. This combination helps companies establish the fastest time and lowest cost shipping alternatives.

BNSF’s Albuquerque MSA Intermodal facility is located at 100 Woodward Street SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102. Telephone: (505) 767-6893 or Facsimile: (505)-767-6894. For further information, see BNSF’s website at

Passenger Service


Rail Runner

New Mexico has new commuter train service called the Rail Runner. The Rail Runner will eventually provide train service between Santa Fe and Belen.

The Rail Runner commuter rail service between Belen and Santa Fe is being developed in two phases. Phase I, between Belen and Bernalillo, uses existing track and was operational in 2006. Phase II, which requires new track, will extend the service to Santa Fe. Federal funding is being pursued for Phase II, which is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

As part of Phase I of the project, service is currently being offered between Bernalillo and Downtown Albuquerque. The Rail Runner Express shuttle service provides transportation from various locations in Rio Rancho to the train station. The project is being funded by the State of New Mexico and the Mid Region Council of Governments.

For additional information, see the Rail Runner’s website located at


Amtrak provides rail passenger service in New Mexico. The Chicago to Los Angeles route serves Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy (Santa Fe), Albuquerque, and Gallup. A separate route between New Orleans and Los Angeles, via El Paso, TX, serves Deming and Lordsburg. For additional information, see Amtrak’s website at