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Ride for Free on Central Ave. Routes Started Saturday, Dec. 10

Free Rides Cover Weekday Evenings and Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 8, 2017

On Friday, December 9,2016, Mayor Richard J. Berry and Councilor Ken Sanchez announced, anyone riding on ABQ RIDE’s Central Avenue routes can do so for free on weekends and limited weekday nights until January 8, 2017.

That means all rides on Routes #66-Central, #766-Rapid Ride/Red Line, #777-Rapid Ride/Green Line and #790-Rapid Ride/Blue Line will be free on Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays, riders can ride those routes for free from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

“We are pursuing this initiative as a pilot project to support, encourage and promote business and the use of public transportation along the Albuquerque Rapid Transit route during the holiday season,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “I want to thank Councilor Ken Sanchez for his initiative in proposing this holiday fare waiver and for his willingness to work with us to implement it.”

Councilor Sanchez first proposed the fare waiver in November, as a way to assist businesses on Central during the construction of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. “I feel like this waiver will be a real asset toward assisting our Central Avenue businesses, especially during the holiday shopping season,” said Councilor Sanchez. “I believe this pilot program will be a win-win for our entire city.”

The city allows for the establishment of such a fare waiver through the Transit Fare Ordinance (F/S-08-55 Section (GG) Promotional Fares and Passes). In it, free or special reduced fares or equivalent products may be implemented for up to 180 days by the city’s Director of the Transit Department.

The pilot project came about after discussions between Councilor Sanchez and Mayor Berry’s office, along with work from the Transit and Economic Development Departments and the Albuquerque Rapid Transit team.