Socorro shuttle routes see changes

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Residents can continue catching a ride along one of Socorro Transportation Department’s routes to out-of-town destinations.

In mid-April the daily shuttle, running from Alamo and Magdalena to Socorro, as well as other out-of-town shuttle operations were said to be temporarily suspended, but weren’t.

The Alamo, Magdalena and Belen Rail Runner station routes and in-town transportation service are still up and running.

The announcement was made after an April 16 city council meeting by Mayor Ravi Bhasker following an accident involving a Transportation Department shuttle.

The April 12 accident occurred when driver Jesus Gonzales collided with an SUV during a return trip from the Railrunner station. Gonzales, the shuttle’s lone passenger, sustained serious injuries.

Although the accident left the Transportation Department one shuttle short, Rose Mary Rosas, program manager of Socorro transportation department, said they have other vans they can utilize for the long-distance route.

“(The accident has) affected us, but it hasn’t effected us too much since we have other back up vans,” Rosas said.

However, the number of times the commuter shuttle will drive to the Rail Runner station has decreased to morning and evening departures. The midday route, departing at 2:30 p.m., was canceled since it ran “too close” in time to the evening shuttle service at 5:30 p.m., along with the department having one less driver.

Rosas said she is unsure if this route will be canceled permanently or be reinstated at a later date.

The midday route was created to alleviate the high number of passengers, who use the route. Between six to 11 passengers, the shuttle’s capacity, utilize the department’s most popular route at a time.

“That’s why we put the midday one, because we were having to turn passengers away from the morning route and the evening route,” Rosas said.

The Rail Runner route, as well as in-town transportation, are among the most used.

“They’re pretty busy. They keep us going,” Rosas said.

For more information on shuttle routes, visit the city’s website at www.socorronm.gov or call the Transportation Department at 831-1501.

 


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