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ABQ RIDE is the local transit agency serving Albuquerquemarker, New Mexicomarker. ABQ RIDE operates a variety of city bus routes including the Rapid Ride BRT service. The name "ABQ RIDE" and a new logo depicting the Alvarado Transportation Centermarker clock tower were chosen in a contest, replacing the previous name, "SunTran". The current ABQ RIDE color scheme is red, white, and gold, though some of the existing fleet wears the previous red, white, and turquoise livery.


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 service for most routes begins at 6 am and a few routes running along the main corridors of the city don't complete their service until around 10:30 pm. A notable exception is the 'Rapid After Dark' service that extends Rapid Ride Route 766 service until 3:00am on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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.


Routes operating on weekdays and weekends

Routes operating on weekdays and Saturdays

Routes operating on weekdays only


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
UNMmarker/CNM Students 4 Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free

1Requires valid school ID.

Requires picture ID.

Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

Class schedule must be shown to obtain sticker.
ABQ RIDE sticker valid for one year.

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

On August 13, 2007, all bus routes are now free for University of New Mexicomarker students. In October 2007, free ridership was extended to Central New Mexico Community College students as well.


Current fleet

Number Year Model Image Length Engine model Engine type Farebox Garage Comments
301-340 1996 Neoplan AN440A Cummins L10G CNG GFI Odyssey Southside
(Yale Blvd)
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

To be retired in 2011.
401-435 2001 Thomas Built SLF 232G

B-Gas Plus
(Yale Blvd)
First low floor buses
First buses to include annunciator system
402-404 used on D-Ride

Most replaced by 900-series.

6401-6412 2004 New Flyer DE60LF Caterpillar C9 /
Allisonmarker Hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Used on Rapid Ride
Low floor
Features a signal-priority system

Fareboxes to be upgraded from GFI CENTSaBILL in October 2009

6601-6606 2006 New Flyer DE60LF Caterpillar C9 /
Allisonmarker Hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Similar to the 6400-series, but with
modified windows, emergency exits,
and air recirculation systems
Features a signal-priority system

701-758 2007 New Flyer DE40LFR Cummins ISL /
Allisonmarker Hybrid
Diesel-Electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside
(Daytona Rd)
Features restyled front end,
frameless windows, and video screens
Features a signal-priority system

950-982 2009 New Flyer DE40LFR Cummins ISL /

Allisonmarker hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Southside

(Yale Blvd)
Features restyled front end,
frameless windows, and video screens
Features a signal-priority system

Replaced most 400 series.

6901-6906 2009 New Flyer DE60LFR Cummins ISL /

Allisonmarker hybrid
Diesel-electric hybrid GFI Odyssey Westside

(Daytona Rd)
Features restyled front end and video screens.

Features a signal-priority system.

As of 2008, all ABQ RIDE buses are wheelchair accessible.

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.

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.

ABQ RIDE has also signed options with New Flyer for 94 60-foot articulated hybrid buses and 68 40-foot hybrid buses [156230]. 25 of the 94 options for 60-foot articulated buses were purchased by MBTA in Boston.

Retired fleet (since 1965)

Source: ABQ Bus Riders

Number Year introduced Year retired Model Engine type
404-424 1966 1980 GMC "Old Look" TDH-3501 Diesel
101-109 1973/1974 1980 Flxible Flxette Diesel
501-506 1975 1997 GMC New Look T8H-5308A Diesel
601-652 1976 1997 GMC New Look T6H-4523A Diesel
701-724 1978 1997 Flxible/Grumman 870 45096-8-1 Diesel
801-815 1982 2002 GMC RTS T80204 Diesel
101-110 1989 2008 TMC RTS T80206 Diesel
201-248 1989 2008 TMC RTS T70206 Diesel
436 2001 2008 Thomas Built SLF 235 Diesel

Other vehicles

One of ABQ RIDE's paratransit vehicles.

In addition, the fleet comprises numerous smaller vehicles like the SunVan paratransit vans and Old Town trolley. CNG buses (300-series and buses 401-435), 900-series buses, and the Old Town Trolley operate out of the Yale Transit Facility on 601 Yale Blvd. SE, while the 700-series, Rapid Ride buses (6400-series, 6600-series, and 6900-series), bus 436, and the paratransit fleet operate out of the West Side Transit Facility on Daytona Rd near Unser Blvd. and I-40.

Future Plans

The city currently has plans to add a streetcar connecting Old Town, Nob Hill, UNM and eventually the city's airport. However, after the project received heavy criticism due to its costs and alleged poor planning, the city announced that it would conduct a new study examining the city's transportation needs. This study may take at least a year to complete.Since the recent transportation tax increase was approved on October 6, 2009, there has been discussion about a new Rapid Ride route. The location for this new Rapid route will likely be along San Mateo.


  1. City could see new Rapid Ride routes

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