Hey everybody! What did I miss? Let’s start back short and simple.
Took the Rail Runner Saturday up to Santa Fe Depot. Train was just about full with many half-delighted/half-confused tourists.
Folks, including my cheapskate side, were delighted to find that full-route tickets are now $2.50. Actually, I’d happily pay $10 a trip, but then there’s that cheapskate side. Out-of-towners were also enthralled with the views throughout, of course.
What dented that tourist delight was a lack of wayfinding signage at ABQ’s Downtown station and anywhere within the train cars. Unlike 100% minus Rail Runner public transit options, Rio Metro evidently feels it best to keep new riders guessing. As I was wearing my typical yellow safety vest as a cyclist, more than once folks came to me to ask:
- Which of the two tracks downtown will the northbound train use?
- How many stations left until Santa Fe?
- How does a daily pass work?
- Was that Zia Station or South Capitol?
- And so on…
One problem was that the conductor rambled out answers to some of the above questions at a rate and level of incomprehensibility that resulted in not answering the questions. Even easier to fix than unintelligible “information” would be a simple point-to-point station map posted liberally on passenger cars everywhere, except NM Rail Runner.
Happy to help as a local this past Saturday, but this dorky cyclist in yellow safety vest isn’t on the train every day. Put up some signs (and talk slower), folks.