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ABQ RIDE 2014 logo.svg
Founded 1928
Headquarters Albuquerque, New Mexico
Service area Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and southeastern Sandoval County, New Mexico
Service type Public transportation
Routes 40
Hubs Alvarado Transportation Center
Uptown Transit Center
Northwest Transit Center
Central and Unser Transit Center
Fleet 160 [1]
Daily ridership 35,360 - FY13[2]
Fuel type Gasoline, CNG, Diesel-electric hybrid
Operator City of Albuquerque
Chief executive Bruce Rizzieri
Website http://cabq.gov/transit

ABQ RIDE is the local transit agency serving Albuquerque, New Mexico. ABQ RIDE operates a variety of city bus routes including the Rapid Ride semi-BRT service. Serving 13 million passengers in 2012, it is the largest public transportation system in the state.[3]

The name "ABQ RIDE" and a new logo depicting the Alvarado Transportation Center clock tower were chosen in a contest, replacing the previous name SunTran in September 2004. The current ABQ RIDE color scheme is yellow-green, white, and turquoise, though most of the existing fleet wears the previous maroon, white, and gold livery, along with the oldest buses wearing the red, white, and turquoise livery.


ABQ RIDE logo currently in use on all buses except the XN40s.

The ABQ RIDE system includes regular service routes on most of the city's major streets as well as commuter routes that ferry workers between residential areas and the city center. Many routes terminate at the Alvarado Transportation Center downtown, where riders can connect to the New Mexico Rail Runner Express and other intercity modes of transportation. ABQ RIDE also operates the Rapid Ride BRT service and a circulator route for Downtown Albuquerque.

ABQ RIDE fixed bus service operates four types of routes, Rapid Ride routes, regular routes, commuter routes, and the Downtown D-Ride. Service times on each route may vary from every 20 minutes to every hour, but the system generally runs from 5:30 am until 6 pm, with some routes running later. A notable exception is route #66 which runs from 5:30 am until 12:30 am weekdays and Saturdays. Commuter routes only have a few run times during weekdays, usually towards Downtown Albuquerque or Kirtland AFB during the mornings and away from during the evenings. The Downtown D-Ride operates during weekdays without a fixed schedule, and departs the Alvarado Transportation Center every 7 minutes from 6:30 am to 5:33 pm.

Routes 96, 155, 222, 250, 251, 551, and 790 are either partially or fully funded by the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), and either service areas outside of Albuquerque's city limits, create connections to its Rail Runner Express stations, or supplement service on the expanding west side.

In addition to its fixed route services, ABQ RIDE also operates a paratransit service called SunVan (known as Mini Ride from 2003–2006) that runs curb-to-curb service.


ABQ RIDE operates 21 regular fixed routes, 15 commuter routes, 3 Rapid Ride routes, and 1 downtown circulator.


Fare category Standard Fare 1-Day Pass 2-Day Pass 3-Day Pass Monthly Pass 3-Month Pass 6-Month Pass Yearly Pass
Adult US$1.00 US$2.00 US$4.00 US$6.00 US$30.00 US$75.00 US$125.00 US$225.00
Student (Age 10 - High School) 1 US$0.35 N/A N/A N/A US$12.00 US$30.00 US$50.00 US$90.00
Senior (62+) & mobility impaired 2 US$0.35 N/A N/A N/A US$12.00 US$30.00 US$50.00 US$90.00
Child (Under 10) 3 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
UNM/CNM Students 4 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
Veterans with a VIC or VHIC card 5 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

1Requires valid school ID.
2Requires picture ID.
3Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
4Class schedule must be shown to obtain sticker. ABQ RIDE sticker valid for one year.
5Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system, and who have a VIC (Veterans Identification Card) or newly issued VHIC (Veterans Hospital Identification Card), are eligible to receive the sticker.

The fare for ABQ RIDE's paratransit service is $2 One-Way, with 10 paratransit fares for $18.

As of August 13, 2007, all bus routes are now free for University of New Mexico students, faculty, and staff via a sticker on their ID.[4] In October 2007, free ridership was extended to Central New Mexico Community College students as well.[5] In August 2013, UNM Hospital Employees also gained access to the ABQ RIDE sticker program. ABQ RIDE started offering stickers to veterans in the VA health care system on April 21, 2014.[6]


Current fleet[edit]

Numbers (Quantity) Year Chassis Model Image Length Engine Type Fuel type Farebox Garage Handicapped/disabled access USDOT highway sign bicycle symbol - black.svg Bike Rack Comments
(40 buses)
1996 Neoplan AN440A ABQ RIDE 332 Montgomery Albuquerque.jpg 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins L10G CNG GFI Odyssey Southside
(Yale Blvd)
Yes check.svg 2 Sportworks
Originally used flip-dot headsigns,
replaced by TwinVision LED signs in 2004.
Digital Recorders annunciators added in 2004.
Fareboxes upgraded from GFI CENTSaBILL in October 2009
First buses in fleet to use bike racks Some retired.
(12 buses)
2004 New Flyer DE60LF Rapid Ride.jpg 60 feet (18.29 m) Caterpillar C9 /
Allison Hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Used on Rapid Ride
Low floor
Features a signal-priority system
Fareboxes upgraded from GFI CENTSaBILL in October 2009
(6 buses)
2006 New Flyer DE60LF ABQ RIDE 6600 Series Rapid Ride Bus.png 60 feet (18.29 m) Caterpillar C9 /
Allison Hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Similar to the 6400-series, but with
modified windows, emergency exits,
and air recirculation systems
Features a signal-priority system
(57 buses)
2007 New Flyer DE40LFR Abqride 729.jpg 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL /
Allison Hybrid
Diesel-Electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Features restyled front end, frameless windows, and video screens
Features a signal-priority system
Unit 747 destroyed in crash
(34 buses)
2009 New Flyer DE40LFR ABQ RIDE 900 Series Bus.jpg 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins ISL /
Allison hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Southside
(Yale Blvd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Features restyled front end, frameless windows, and video screens
Features a signal-priority system
Replaced most 400 series.
(6 buses)
2009 New Flyer DE60LFR ABQ RIDE 6900 Series Rapid Ride Bus.jpg 60 feet (18.29 m) Cummins ISL /
Allison hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Features restyled front end and video screens.
Features a signal-priority system.
(20 buses)
2014 New Flyer XN40[7] ABQ RIDE XN40 color scheme template April 2014.png 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins Westport ISL G CNG GFI Odyssey Southside
(Yale Blvd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Replacing some 300-series and all remaining 400-series buses.
Unit 617 destroyed in crash

All buses feature TwinVision LED destination signs. The front destination signs on the New Flyer buses are able to display route numbers in different colors (as the Rapid Ride buses do for the three Rapid Ride routes, the Red Line, Blue Line, and Green Line). All other signs, including the front destination signs on all 300 and 400 series buses, display in orange only. The 300 series buses formerly featured flip-dot destination signs, however, they were retrofitted with the orange TwinVision LED signs in 2004 alongside the automated voice annunciatior system. ABQ RIDE did not order the color LED destination signs for the 600 series buses, citing ongoing reliability issues, opting instead to go with orange LED signs.

All buses are also all equipped with a Digital Recorders automated voice annunciator system, which announces the major intersections (or on the Rapid Ride buses, the stops). The system was first introduced in 2001 on the 400 series buses. The 300 series buses were retrofitted with the system in 2004 (alongside the TwinVision LED destination signs), and all deliveries since then has had the system factory-installed.

On October 4, 2010, the Federal Transit Administration approved a $3 million grant request from ABQ RIDE to provide money for bus replacement. On February 7, 2014, ABQ RIDE placed an order for 21 New Flyer Xcelisor XN40 CNG Buses, with deliveries starting in the middle of March. 17 of these buses will replace 17 of the 300 series buses, while the remaining 4 have been used to replace the last of the 400 series buses.

ABQ RIDE is keeping 10 of the 300 series Neoplans for the 40 D-Ride and 250. The 300 series ABQ RIDE is keeping recently had their CNG tanks replaced and some engines refurbished. These will operate exclusively on the D-Ride, 250 None Stop, and other special events.

In January 2015, bus 617 and bus 747 were involved in separate accidents, resulting in their complete write-off of both vehicles. No one was harmed in either accident, and both accidents were caused by other vehicles failing to stop at a red light.[8][9]

Retired fleet (since 1965)[edit]

Source: ABQ Bus Riders

Numbers (Quantity) Year introduced Year retired Model Engine type Handicapped/disabled access
(21 buses)
1966 1980 GMC "Old Look" TDH-3501 Diesel X mark.svg
(9 buses)
1973/1974 1980 Flxible Flxette Diesel X mark.svg
(6 buses)
1975 1997 GMC New Look T8H-5308A Diesel X mark.svg
(52 buses)
1976 1997 GMC New Look T6H-4523A Diesel X mark.svg
(24 buses)
1978 1997 Flxible/Grumman 870 45096-8-1 Diesel Yes check.svg
(15 buses)
1982 2002 GMC RTS T80204 Diesel X mark.svg
(10 buses)
1989 2008 TMC RTS T80206 Diesel X mark.svg
(48 buses)
1989 2008 TMC RTS T70206 Diesel X mark.svg
(35 buses)
2001 2009/2014 Thomas Built SLF232G CNG Yes check.svg
(1 bus)
2002 2014 Thomas Built SLF235 Diesel Yes check.svg

Other vehicles[edit]

One of ABQ RIDE's paratransit vehicles.

In addition, the fleet comprises numerous smaller vehicles like the SunVan paratransit vans, and formerly, the Old Town trolley. CNG buses (300- and 600-series buses) and the 900-series buses operate out of the Yale Transit Facility on 601 Yale Blvd. SE, while the 700-series buses, Rapid Ride buses (6400-series, 6600-series, and 6900-series), and the paratransit fleet operate out of the West Side Transit Facility on Daytona Rd near Unser Blvd. and I-40. The Westside Transit Facility operates on all seven days a week except on city-observed holidays. The Yale Transit Facility operates on weekdays only.


Bus rapid transit service along Central[edit]

In November 2011, ABQ RIDE announced plans for true bus rapid transit service along Central Avenue.[10] The service differs from the Rapid Ride based on the fact that it would be considered a true BRT service based on adding more aspects of BRT service such as a dedicated travel lane or queue jumps, platforms level with the bus floor, and off-board ticketing so that passengers can load at any door.

On March 24, 2014, ABQ RIDE demonstrated a New Flyer XN60, which was built for RTC in Las Vegas, NV, and was en route for delivery. This type of bus is one of the designs being explored for BRT service, and is the longer 60 foot version of the current XN40 buses being delivered to ABQ RIDE.[11][12]

On May 15, 2014, ABQ RIDE introduced a new logo and paint scheme for the organization.[13]

In October 2014, The City unveiled conceptual designs for construction of Albuquerque Rapid Transit, a true BRT system including dedicated lanes, traffic signal priority, level boarding, and off-bus fare payment. Public input from meetings will allow engineering of the BRT system and redesign of the roads it will travel on. The current timetable plans for the start of BRT service in Fall 2017.

Uptown Transit Center[edit]

In October 2014, ABQ Ride also revealed plans for a transit-oriented development(TOD) on the site of the Uptown Transit Center.[14] The land for the transit center was originally purchased with a grant from the FTA with the intent of someday building a TOD on the site. The plans call for a parking garage above the island where buses stop and will continue to stop, a building with retail on the ground floor and several levels of living units above that, and the possibility of a multi-generational center above the parking garage. These plans were created with the help of a public meeting earlier in 2014. ABQ Ride intends, with FTA approval, to enter into a partnership with a private developer for the actual construction and operation of the building.



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