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Albuquerque Rapid Transit buses will simplify getting to River of Lights

River of Lights attendees can get a preview of the all-electric buses free of charge.

11/13/2017 - Those planning to attend this year's River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden will have a new option for getting there. Today during a press conference, Mayor Richard J. Berry invited River of Lights attendees to be among the first passengers aboard the Albuquerque Rapid Transit buses for a free ride to the annual holiday event.  

"Albuquerque Rapid Transit, ART, is going to transform the way residents of and visitors to Albuquerque traverse Central Avenue," Mayor Berry said. "I'm pleased that River of Lights attendees will get to preview these state-of-the-art buses for no charge while attending one of New Mexico's largest holiday events."
 
River of Lights, the state's largest walk-through light show, will take place from Saturday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 30, with the exception of December 24 and 25. With millions of twinkling lights and more than 500 dazzling holiday displays, River of Lights was named one of "The 15 Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays in the U.S." by MSN in November 2016.
West side ART service will be available to River of Lights attendees, running every 15 minutes on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-10 p.m. Last departure from the BioPark will be at 10 p.m.    
 
Park and ride - with ample parking for passengers traveling from the west side - will be available at the Central & Unser Transit Center next to the Patrick Baca Library. Those opting to walk from home can catch ART at:  
  • Coors at Central  
  • Yucca at Old Coors and Central  
  • Atrisco at Coors and Atrisco
Attendees will be dropped off at the BioPark station near New York and Central.  
 
Avoid the wait in line and purchase advance tickets to River of Lights at http://riveroflights.org/.  
 
ART is set to transform Central Avenue into a rapid transit corridor with a nine-mile network of bus-only lanes and canopy-covered bus stations. More information, including routes and maps, can be found at http://www.brtabq.com/.   
 
The New Mexico BioPark Society has expanded Park and Ride options and created a partnership with Uber to give attendees an additional option for getting into River of Lights without adding to the congestion.