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Mayor Tim Keller Releases River of Lights Transportation Plan

Free city bus rides and parking are part of enhanced plan to improve visitor experience to River of Lights at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

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 Botanic Garden. 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 6 p.m. nightly from November 24, 2018 to December 30, 2018. River of Lights is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“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 on November 24, 25, 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 12-23, and 26-30.
  • Free bus service starting nightly at 5:00 pm from the Uptown Transit Center, Central and Unser Transit Center and the Alvarado Transit Center.
  • Free parking starting nightly at 6:30 p.m. at the new OneCentral parking garage nightly.
  • Free parking at Tingley Beach for an easy walk to the River of Lights November 24, 25, 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 12-23, and 26-30.
  • 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.
  • RapidRide 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 Botanic Garden, 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 Botanic Garden parking lot. Parking enforcement will be out every night of River of Lights from November 24, 2018 to December 23, 2018, and December 26, 2018 to December 30, 2018. Please park legally and no parking is allowed outside of designated parking spaces, including on Tingley Drive.

View maps of free parking and bus pickup locations below:

*This release was updated at 12 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2018 to reflect accurate dates and times.