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V.21 No.24 |


The Daily Word in Lara Croft, Game of Thrones and bacon sundaes

In the news: Egypt's high court, starving horses, Pay up, President Bush's head, shoot someone, Drake and Chris Brown, jail and prison contracts, The flavorful space between fresh and rotten, Tomb Raider reboot, committed suicide, Africa more, classiest drinking game ever, Meryl Streep, bacon sundae, folding pod on wheels

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V.20 No.34 |


The Daily Word in Irene, space oddity, the children's book and Santa Fe manhole covers

In the news: flash your headlights, urban legend, nuclear power plants, Shark, Man drops shorts, boring live footage, Pictures, Goodnight Irene, manhole covers, manhole covers, Helicopters For Everybody!, Dr. Who, atomic clock, Space Oddity, King Arthur's Round Table, Ian Svenonius, Soft Focus, John Lurie, Fishing With John, Bob Dylan, booed at the Newport Folk Festival

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V.19 No.26 | 7/1/2010


Track Marks: Make Yourself At Home

No, really, it’s totally cool

Because I like to allow my mind to wander into a world where I live in something that resembles an old movie scene, reality is often harsh when I come into contact with it. As in, when I’m forced to interact with strangers. Sometimes not even interact, just be near them.

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V.19 No.22 |


Track Marks

Papers on a Train

In every major metropolitan center I've ever ridden public transportation, newspapers have always been available. Not so much on the Rail Runner though. At the Santa Fe Depot there's nary a newspaper stand to be found. At South Capitol you can buy the dailies but not get a copy of any free papers (cough, such as this one). Same for Downtown Albuquerque and, I think, Bernalillo.

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V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010
Downotwn Albuquerque station
Patricia Sauthoff
Downotwn Albuquerque station


Track Marks

Adventures in urban commuting

I am a train addict.

As a kid I wanted nothing more, during a family trip to Washington DC, than to ride the subway. Sure, there was history and pandas at the zoo and, well, whatever. I’d never been on a subway before and that was what I wanted to do.

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V.19 No.4 | 1/28/2010
We reported in 2008 that there would be wireless Internet available on the train at the end of the year. I hear it’s still not up and running.
We reported in 2008 that there would be wireless Internet available on the train at the end of the year. I hear it’s still not up and running.

Can’t Stop the Weekend Rail Runner

I’m taking the Rail Runner up to Santa Fe to live-blog the legislative session with the New Mexico Independent (just like I did last Wednesday). You can find that live-blog on our homepage tomorrow morning.

The state just announced that it found money to keep the Rail Runner operating on the weekends. Service to Belen and Santa Fe was scheduled to stop Feb. 15. The Department of Transportation was staring down the barrel of a $1 million budget shortfall.

The state found the money by shuffling $750,000 from one federal fund (surface transportation) to an air quality fund. Rail Runner can use air quality money because it takes cars off the road. Weekend fares may get more expensive, though.

“The Rail Runner has boosted tourism and helped generate business for the state at a time when we need it most,” Governor Bill Richardson said in a news release. “Now is not the time to cut services.”

Remember Jessica Cassyle Carr’s photo essay? She shot it through the window of the train.

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V.18 No.39 | 9/24/2009


Transportation Infrastructure Gross Receipts Tax

It would be crazy not to vote for this tax. The money from this tax goes directly to road maintenance, public transit, trails and bike paths. And we’re talking about 25 cents for every $100 spent. It’s been in place since 2000 and is set to expire at the end of this year. And just to set citizens’ minds further at ease, this gem of a sentence was added: “No portion of the revenue generated by the transportation infrastructure gross receipts tax shall be used to build or operate any rail transportation system until such a system is approved at a separate election by the voters.” Got it? No light-rail. No modern streetcar. No trolley. Well, they won’t be funded by this tax, anywaynot unless in some future election you call for them.

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V.18 No.36 | 9/3/2009

Guest Editorial

Breaking Out of the Bus Trap

On June 22, the City Council passed the extension of our famous Transportation Tax along to the voters for consideration in October; a reasonable and public-minded course of action, unless you count the arbitrary anti-rail preconditions and exclusions offered by a couple of councilors. But with these “amendments” or without, rail transit is in trouble in Albuquerque.

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