Unlimited Rides for $15 Now Available for Both ABQ RIDE and New Mexico Rail Runner Express through June and July.
The Youth Summer Fun Pass is back! And for the first time ever, three transit agencies are working together to offer bus and train travel within a 7,800 square mile area. For $15, the handy pass gives youth ages 10-18 unlimited rides on all ABQ RIDE, Rio Metro, and Santa Fe Trails buses, plus the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.
"The Youth Summer Fun Pass gives young people in Albuquerque, and our outlying communities, mobility and cost savings," says Albuquerque Mayor Richard J Berry. "With today's economic constraints, the summer fun pass is a convenient way for youths to get summer jobs as well as travel safely around the region for summer employment."
A limited number of passes went on sale May 3 (however, not at any of ABQ RIDE’s Ticket Vending Machines) and will be valid for travel on buses and the Rail Runner beginning June 1st through July 31st. It can only be used by youth ages 10-18. Pass-holders can also take advantage of a number of exclusive discounts at area attractions throughout the region.
Exclusive Discounts with Youth Summer Fun Pass
- Hinkle Family Fun Center - Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
- IT’Z-Family, Food & Fun - City of Albuquerque Swimming Pools
- ABQ BioPark - Cliff’s Amusement Park
“We are pleased to announce that this year is the first time in the history of the Youth Summer Fun Pass that it will be accepted on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express”, says Dewey Cave, Executive Director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments. “Those wanting to purchase a pass can even buy it on the train if they wish.”
“The youth in four counties can now navigate the entire Rio Grande Valley and all it has to offer this summer,” said Bruce Rizzieri, Director of ABQ RIDE. “A common pass accepted by ABQ RIDE, the Rio Metro Regional Transit District and Santa Fe Trails not only opens up transit service options that aren’t currently available, but also provides a look at the future of transit service in central New Mexico.”
There are only a limited amount of passes being sold, so get yours today. In addition to purchasing Youth Summer Fun Passes directly on board the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, passes can also be purchased at a number of locations throughout the central region including: all Albuquerque-area Albertsons and John Brooks Supermarkets, the ABQ RIDE Alvarado Transit Center, the City of Albuquerque Treasury Office, and a number of other places. For a complete list of locations, visit: www.riometro.org and the ABQ RIDE Bus Passes page.