Staff Safety Recommendations

Safety is the number one priority for Rio Metro and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. Meet some of our staff and find out their tips for staying safe around trains and railroad tracks. 

Terry Doyle holding a Rail Safety Week signTerry Doyle, Director
Rio Metro Regional Transit District

Terry's Safety Tip: As an agency, safety is our number one priority. Always remember, the train can’t see you and it can’t stop on a dime.

Gil Melgarejo holding rail safety signGilberto Melgarejo, General Manager
Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Gil's Safety Tip: Safety is no accident.


Woman holding signStephanie Paiz, Program Support Coordinator
Rio Metro Regional Transit District

Stephanie's Safety Tip: Being on the tracks is trespassing.
It is both dangerous and illegal.

Hi-rail working holding rail safety signVincent Garcia, Track Supervisor
Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Vincent's Safety Tip: Don’t park on the track when you come to a road crossing. A train or a hi-rail vehicle can come at any time.

Marketing staff holding rail safety signRio Metro Marketing Staff
Marketing Staff Safety Tip: Don’t be distracted. Stay focused, stay alive!

customer service staff holding rail safety signRio Metro Customer Service Staff
Customer Service Safety Tip: Always be aware of your surroundings.

Robert Gonzales holding a Rail Safety Week PosterRobert Gonzales, Operations Manager
Rio Metro Regional Transit District

Robert's Safety Tip: Don't get hurt; stay alert.

Matt Stone holding rail safety signMatthew Stone, Operations Supervisor
Rio Metro Regional Transit District

Matthew's Safety Tip: Always be aware of your surroundings around the tracks. Even standing railroad cars can move at any time.

James Breiterman holding rail safety signJames Breiterman, Senior Train Dispatcher
Rio Metro Regional Transit District

James's Safety Tip: If the gate arms are down at a railroad crossing, do not drive around them. Even if you don’t see a train.

Josh Brennan holding rail safety signJosh Brennan, Materials Supervisor
Herzog Transit Services, Inc.

Josh's Safety Tip: Always stay off the tracks, and look for approaching trains.

Mascot holding rail safety signTrax, New Mexico Rail Runner Express Mascot
Trax's Safety Tip: Look, Listen, Live!

Rail operations staff holding rail safety signRio Metro Operations Staff
Operations Staff Safety Tip: Always be alert and stay behind the yellow lines at train stations.