This coming Tuesday, people who would like a quieter ride aboard the New Mexico Rail Runner Express will get their chance as the train kicks off a pilot program to test out a “quiet car” on select busy early and afternoon trains. 

“In surveys conducted earlier in the year, hundreds of our passengers said that they would use the “Quiet Car” if it were implemented, so we’re simply responding to their request and we’re going to give it a try”, says Dewey Cave, Executive Director for the Mid-Region Council of Governments.

The Quiet Car pilot program will begin on Tuesday, January 3rd, with plans to run through the end of March. During the proposed 90-day trial period, riders will be surveyed to see what they think of the experience. If the feedback is positive, then a permanent program may be implemented aboard Rail Runner trains in the Spring.

“The idea is to provide a peaceful, quiet atmosphere for passengers who want to work or rest without distraction while on the train”, adds Cave.

Rail Runner Quiet Car Pilot Program at a Glance

  • Only certain early morning and evening weekday trains will offer a Quiet Car: Northbound morning trains #504 and #506, departing Belen at 5:22 a.m. and 6:43 a.m. respectively…and Southbound trains #515 and #517, departing the Santa Fe Depot at 4:10 p.m. and 5:25 p.m.
  • The Quiet Car will be identified with signage inside the car, and will always be the car closest to the locomotive of a designated train.
  • Customers will be asked to speak in subdued voices, as well as refrain from cell phone use.

For a complete list of Quiet Car Etiquette and Frequently Asked Questions, visit