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ART Serivce Launched, City Councilors Take Inaugural Ride

City Council President Klarissa Peña, Vice President Cynthia Borrego, and Councilor Don Harris ride ART on Small Business Saturday.

On Saturday, November 30th, Mayor Tim Keller and City Council President Klarissa Peña, Vice President Cynthia Borrego, and Councilor Don Harris took their inaugural ride at 2:00pm, highlighting small businesses on the Westside, Downtown and in Nob Hill, where their ride culminated in a press conference at Color Wheel Toys. The ride began at Sharky’s for lunch, and rode east with stops at El Vado to pick up friends and family and do some holiday shopping.

A fleet of 20 buses serving the ART corridor feature art designed in-house that evokes Albuquerque’s culture and tradition, including Route 66, Calaveras, the Balloon Fiesta, and the Sandia Mountains. Driver training and public education has been underway for several months.

Service on the ART route will be free through January 1, 2020, giving people an opportunity to use the service to shop local and learn the route. Regular fares begin after the New Year, and will be $1 per trip ($2 all day) and 35 cents for age 62+, mobility impaired or students aged 10 through high school. Tickets are purchased before boarding the buses, either at an ART station or at the Alvarado Transportation Center.

ART Launch