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Mayor Tim Keller Releases River of Lights Traffic Plan

Take ABQ RIDE to the River of Lights for Free after 5 p.m. from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30, 2018

Mayor Tim Keller, Department of Municipal Development, Albuquerque Police Department, the City of Albuquerque Transit Department, Department of Cultural Services, NMDOT and the BioPark Society are working to improve the experience of getting to and from the Albuquerque BioPark Botanical Gardens. These departments came together as One Albuquerque to offer an array of transportation options to enjoy the River of Lights with family and friends. Gates open for the River of Lights at 5:30pm nightly from November 24, 2018 to December 23, 2018.

“River of Lights is a great City event that brings families, friends and the community together,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Our City departments are working as One Albuquerque to offer a variety of easy and free transportation options so folks don’t have to waste time waiting in traffic to enjoy River of Lights.”

Free options for the River of Lights include:

  • Free Park and Ride buses at the Albuquerque Zoo to allow direct bus service to the River of Lights nightly.
  • Free bus service starting nightly at 5:00pm from the Uptown Transit Center, Central and Unser Transit Center and the Alvarado Transportation Center.
  • Free parking starting nightly at 6:30pm at the new OneCentral parking garage nightly.
  • Free parking at Tingley Beach for an easy walk to the River of Lights nightly. 
  • Additional Variable Message Signs (VMS) along Central, Rio Grande Boulevard to help direct traffic to these free options.
  • Utilize NMDOT VMS boards on Interstate 40 directing traffic to free options.
  • Rapid Ride buses will utilize ART bus lanes from San Pasquale to New York westbound and Atrisco to New York eastbound.
  • The Albuquerque Police Department as well as City of Albuquerque Security will be on hand at all Transit Centers and traffic routes to assist with traffic and prevent theft.

Parking is allowed at the ABQ BioPark Botanical Gardens, but with approximately 250 parking spaces, visitors are encouraged to use free options offered by the City of Albuquerque. Handicap parking will be available at the ABQ BioPark Botanical Gardens parking lot. Parking enforcement will be out every night of River of Lights from November 24, 2018 to December 23, 2018.  Please park legally and no parking is allowed outside of designated parking spaces, including on Tingley Drive.