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ABQ RIDE Connect

Albuquerque's newest on-demand, microtransit service!

ABQ RIDE Connect Infographic. Limited Microtransit Pilot Program Starting March 18, 2024.

ABQ RIDE Connect is here to make getting around easier! It links you to important transit centers and bus stops within two special zones in Albuquerque. You can also use microtransit to get to places like grocery stores and local shops within these zones.

This pilot program is a flexible, ride-share service that allows riders to request and book rides by using a mobile app. This FREE service uses our new electric van fleet that will connect passengers to and from available fixed route services at key transfer locations, including Transit Centers, shopping centers, and more!

The Free ABQ RIDE Connect App is Available for Download

Download the free ABQ RIDE Connect app on Apple or Google to access ABQ RIDE Connect and plan your ride! Once the app has been downloaded and an account has been created, riders can schedule a ride anywhere within one of the two zones shown below.

Service Zones

ABQ RIDE Connect vans are active in the Rio Grande and Southwest Mesa service zones. Riders cannot use the program to go from one zone to another and can exit these zones using ABQ RIDE fixed route bus service. 

  • Available from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
  • Effective June 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024: service available Monday - Saturday

        The boundary map of the Southwest Mesa zone for the ABQ RIDE Connect Microtransit service. Boundary map of the Rio Grande service area for ABQ RIDE Connect.


How to Use ABQ RIDE Connect

Why Microtransit?

1. Communities Need Equitable Access

45% of Americans do not have access to public transit. By deploying microtransit in specific areas, we can directly impact lower income individuals and families. 

2. Access to Mobility Enables Economic Growth

Areas with high mobility see less residential segregation, have access to better schools, and see less income inequality. 

3. Fills the First/Last Mile Gap

Microtransit helps connect individuals with fixed route services by covering the first or last mile of their full trip. Microtransit can also be used for shorter trips, such as going to the grocery store. 

4. Cost Effective

By optimizing route and dynamically adjusting service based on demand, microtransit providers can reduce operational costs.