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ABQ RIDE 2014 logo.svg
HeadquartersAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Service areaAlbuquerque, Bernalillo County, and southeastern Sandoval County, New Mexico
Service typePublic transportation
HubsAlvarado Transportation Center
Uptown Transit Center
Northwest Transit Center
Central and Unser Transit Center
Daily ridership35,360 - FY13[1]
Fuel typeGasoline, CNG, Diesel-electric hybrid
OperatorCity of Albuquerque
Chief executiveBernie Toon

ABQ RIDE (City of Albuquerque Transit Department) 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.[2]

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.


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. D-Ride service ended on May 12, 2018, and was replaced by various local routes, such as 12th Street/Rio Grande (routes #36 and #37) and Menaul (route #8). All inbound routes to the Alvarado Transportation Center, except route #66 and Rapid Ride routes, have a fare-free zone.[3]

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. Routes 10, 51, 53, and 54 are either partially or fully funded by Bernalillo County, since these routes largely serve the county's unincorporated areas.

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.


  • 1 Juan Tabo
  • 2 Eubank
  • 5 Montgomery/Carlisle/Lomas
  • 6 Indian School Commuter
  • 7 Candelaria Commuter
  • 8 Menaul
  • 10 North Fourth Street
  • 11 Lomas
  • 12 Constitution Commuter
  • 13 Comanche Commuter
  • 16 Broadway/University/Gibson
  • 31 Wyoming
  • 34 San Pedro Commuter
  • 36/37 12th Street/Rio Grande
  • 50 Airport/Downtown
  • 51 Atrisco/Rio Bravo
  • 53 Isleta
  • 54 Bridge/Westgate
  • 66 Central Avenue
  • 92 Taylor Ranch Express
  • 93 Academy Commuter
  • 94 Unser Commuter
  • 96 Crosstown Commuter
  • 97 Zuni
  • 98 Wyoming Commuter
  • 140/141 San Mateo
  • 155 Coors
  • 157 Montaño/Uptown/Kirtland
  • 162 Ventana Ranch Commuter
  • 198 98th / Dennis Chavez
  • 217 Downtown - KAFB Limited (Previously 317)
  • 222 Rio Bravo/Sunport
  • 250 Free Downtown - Sunport Nonstop Express (Previously 350)
  • 251 ABQ-Rio Rancho/Rail Runner Connection (Previously 151)
  • 551 Jefferson / Paseo del Norte Express
  • 766 Rapid Ride Red Line
  • 777 Rapid Ride Green Line
  • 790 Rapid Ride Blue Line

Former Routes[edit]

  • 3 Louisiana (replaced by Route 157; service on Louisiana, north of Montgomery discontinued due to low ridership)
  • 4 San Mateo (replaced by 140/141 San Mateo)
  • 9 Coors/Gibson
  • 14 Airport/UNM Loop
  • 15
  • 17 Rio Grande
  • 18 Broadway/University/Gibson (replaced by Route 16)
  • 21 Old Town Trolley (formerly the 25)
  • 21/22 Nob Hill / Biopark
  • 23 Nob Hill Express
  • 24 Sun Trolley
  • 25 Copper/Chico Sundial
  • 26 Los Volcanes Circulator
  • 27 Montaño & Coors
  • 32
  • 33 Uptown/Central
  • 35
  • 37 12th Street
  • 40 D-RIDE/Free Downtown Shuttle (replaced by fare free zones on most inbound routes to Alvarado Transportation Center on May 12, 2018)
  • 52 Sunset/South Coors
  • 55 Southwest Heights
  • 90 Coors (replaced by 155/158 Coors)
  • 91 Ventura Commuter
  • 95 Montaño/Jefferson Commuter
  • 156 West Side Rapid Ride (Coors) (upgraded and changed to 790 Rapid Ride Blue Line)
  • 158 Coors/Golf Course (Replaced by New Route 157)
  • 163 Taylor Ranch Commuter
  • 456 West Mesa Shuttle
  • 766 R.A.D. Rapid After Dark (Red Line Only)


Fare category Standard Fare 24-Hour Pass 2-Day Pass 3-Day Pass Monthly Pass 3-Month Pass 6-Month Pass Yearly Pass
Adult US$1 US$2 US$4 US$6 US$30 US$75 US$125 US$225
Student (Age 10 - High School) 1 US$0.35 US$12 US$30 US$50 US$90
Senior (62+) & mobility impaired 2
Child (Under 10, up to 3) 3 Free
UNM/CNM Students 4
Veterans with a VIC or VHIC card 5

1Requires valid school ID.
2Requires picture ID or Medicare card.
3Must be accompanied by parent or guardian; limit 3 per fare-paying rider.
4Class schedule must be shown to obtain sticker for CNM students. ABQ RIDE sticker valid for current school 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/Transmission Fuel type Farebox Garage Handicapped/disabled access USDOT highway sign bicycle symbol - black.svg Bike Rack Comments
(12 buses)
2004 New Flyer DE60LF Rapid Ride.jpg 60 feet (18.29 m) Caterpillar C9 /
Allison EP50 Hybrid Drive
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 EP50 Hybrid Drive
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 EP40 Hybrid Drive
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 EP40 Hybrid Drive
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 EP50 Hybrid Drive
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.
(21 buses)
2014 New Flyer XN40[7] 2014-XN40-2.jpg 40 feet (12.19 m) Cummins Westport ISL G/Allison B400R CNG GFI Odyssey Southside
(Yale Blvd)
Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks
Replacing some 300-series and all remaining 400-series buses.
Unit 617 severely damaged in crash, but has been repaired.
Several have been equipped with WiFi access.

(20 Buses)

2016 New Flyer XN40 2016 ABQ Ride XN40.jpg 40 feet

(12.19 m)

Cummins Westport ISL G/Allison B400R CNG GFI


Southside (Yale Blvd) Yes check.svg 3 Sportworks Trilogy Delivered December 2015.
Replacing remaining 300-series buses.
Same as 2014 XN40 buses, with exception of different options.
Equipped with WiFi.

(20 buses)

2019 New Flyer XD60 60 feet (18.29 m) Cummins ISL 280 /
Allison B500R transmission
Clean diesel Meets or Exceeds current EPA standards GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Yes check.svg 4 Internal
Bike Racks
1901 delivered.
1902-1921 will be delivered over the coming months. All buses are 5-door equipped Will be used on ART.
Replacing 6400-series and 6600-series Rapid Ride buses.

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 annunciator 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. 300 Series now operate the routes the 400 Series once did.

In January 2015, bus 617 and bus 747 were involved in separate accidents, resulting in the complete write-off of 747. 617 was repaired at the Yale Transit Yard, and returned to active service in early 2016. Nobody was seriously harmed in either accident, and both accidents were caused by other vehicles failing to stop at a red light.[8][9]

The 600-series buses purchased in 2015 (622-641) all have open WiFi networks available for public use. In addition, they have a screen installed behind the driver that displays the current security camera feed from the camera looking down the aisle from the front of the bus.

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
(40 buses)
1997 2014/2016 Neoplan AN440A CNG Yes check.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 Department 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 Daytona Transit Facility on Daytona Rd near Unser Blvd. and I-40. Daytona operates seven days a week except on city-observed holidays. Yale operates on weekdays only. On May 1, 2015, the 900-series buses were moved temporarily to Daytona due to renovations at Yale; however, they went back to operating out of the Yale facility beginning October 19, 2015. The Yale Transit Department is now equipped with unleaded fuel to fuel shuttle cars.


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 November 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.


  1. ^ http://www.cabq.gov/transit/documents/FY13RidershipandPerformance.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.cabq.gov/transit/news/abq-ride-makes-history-with-13-million-passengers-for-the-calendar-year/
  3. ^ "ABQ RIDE Implementing Route and Schedule Changes on May 12". City of Albuquerque. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  4. ^ "UNM/ABQ Ride bus pass program". Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  5. ^ "CNM - Services for students". Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  6. ^ "ABQ RIDE to Provide Free Transportation to Veterans with V.A. Hospital Cards". Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  7. ^ "ABQ RIDE EXERCISES OPTIONS TO PURCHASE 21 40-FOOT XCELSIOR® BUSES". New Flyer. 2014-02-07. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  8. ^ http://krqe.com/2015/01/08/bus-crashes-into-albuquerque-home/
  9. ^ http://krqe.com/2015/01/08/bus-crash-video-shows-driver-go-through-windshield/
  10. ^ "Mayor Richard Berry and ABQ RIDE Announce Study to Improve Bus Service". Archived from the original on 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  11. ^ "'Train-like bus' on display in ABQ". KRQE News 13. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  12. ^ "ABQ RIDE Gets a Taste of Future BRT". Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  13. ^ "'Train-like bus' on display in ABQ". KRQE News 13. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  14. ^ "Uptown Transit's mixed-use development moves forward". Retrieved 2014-10-20.

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