Let ABQ RIDE Take You to the Upcoming Freedom Fourth Celebration

Park and Ride Service Available from Two Locations

July 3, 2013

Albuquerque—While ABQ RIDE won’t have citywide bus or Sun Van service Thursday, July 4, 2013, it can still take you to the City of Albuquerque’s Freedom Fourth celebration at Balloon Fiesta Park.  Bus service is planned that day to and from the celebration from two Park and Ride locations – one on the Westside at St. Pius High School (and across the street at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande when the St. Pius lot is full) and on the Eastside at Coronado Center (west of Macy’s parking lot on San Pedro).

"Every year, we urge people to leave the fireworks to the professionals and take the Park and Rides to Freedom Fourth," said Mayor Richard J. Berry.  "It’s one of the best ways we know to keep the neighborhoods fireworks-free during a hot and dry summer."

Park & Ride service inbound to the Park begins at 3 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.  After 8 p.m., limited outbound service to the two Park and Ride locations begins.  The bulk of the return trips to the two Park and Ride locations will begin immediately after the conclusion of the fireworks show, with the last bus leaving the park at 11 p.m.

Round-trip cost for riding the bus is:

·         $1 for adults  

·         35 cents for honored citizens (62 years and older and handicapped) and Students ages 10-18

·         Children nine and under ride free

·         Cash only

·         Exact change is needed and bus passes will not be honored for this event.

The following will not be allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park or on the Park and Ride buses:

Pets, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, and open containers. You also cannot bring B-B-Q grills, camp stoves or other cooking devices or pop-up tents.

The following is allowed at Balloon Fiesta Park and on the Park and Ride buses:

Sealed plastic containers, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, picnic food and small compact chairs. Coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search prior to loading onto the Park and Ride buses.

"Why not leave behind the hassle of driving and let ABQ RIDE be your own personal service to Freedom Fourth," said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE.