NM: No More Free Ride for the Rail Runner

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s commuter rail service has received a free ride while taxpayers have shelled out nearly $8 million to settle damage claims against the Rail Runner Express, according to state records.

The Rail Runner, until last month, didn’t pay premiums for the state’s self-insurance program that provides liability coverage for settlements of lawsuits against government agencies. The insurance arrangement represented a little-known subsidy for the state-owned passenger train ...

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