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Zero Fares is Here to Stay

Albuquerque City Council passes permanent Zero Fare program
November 09, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – After a nearly two yearlong pilot program, numerous data reports, and feedback from community members, ABQ RIDE will permanently remain fare free. On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, City Council approved O-23-89, officially making Zero Fares permanent for all services provided by ABQ RIDE. This comes after the Council previously voted to eliminate fares for the City’s ART line and the Sun Van Paratransit service in April 2023.

“Since the Zero Fare Pilot Program began, we have seen the positive impact it has had on the lives of our neighbors, friends and visitors getting around town,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Zero Fares is one example of how Albuquerque is paving the way for cities across the nation to implement equity-based initiatives that benefit everyone.”

“Today we reflect on the progress we have made towards building a more accessible and equitable public transit system in Albuquerque,” said Transit Director Leslie Keener. “With Zero Fares permanently in place, ABQ RIDE can focus its efforts on increasing safety and building a team that is dedicated to moving the City’s public transportation system forward through service, technology, and sustainability.”

Albuquerque is one of the largest U.S. cities to implement a Zero Fare transit program, following Kansas City, Missouri who implemented a similar program in 2020.

ABQ RIDE serves an average of 23,800 riders daily, 88% of whom live in households with an income of less than $35,000 annually. By eliminating bus fares, the City of Albuquerque is ensuring all transit-dependent riders have access to this essential service. 


 ABQ RIDE strives to be the first choice in transportation services for the Albuquerque Metropolitan area. The ABQ RIDE transit network seeks to provide a service that is safe, sustainable, reliable, and equitable.