Downtown Albuquerque is home to the Alvarado Transportation Center (ATC), the central transit and rail hub for New Mexico. The ATC serves ABQRide, Amtrak, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express commuter rail line, as well as Rio Metro Bus Service, Greyhound Lines, and Autobuses Americanos. The Alvarado Transportation center also serves Amtrak’s daily Southwest Chief line. Two Amtrak Thruway Motor Coach routes connect the station to El Paso, Texas Amtrak Station and Denver, Colorado Union Station. The New Mexico Rail Runner train provides 13 station stops from Downtown Santa Fe to Belen and features free wi-fi and ADA access at all stations. The Rio Metro connects adjacent communities with more than 60 bus connections at Rail Runner Stations along the corridor. Learn more.
Every 10 minutes, the D-ride, or Downtown Ride, provides free bus service to the Downtown area with stops every 7 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 5:33 p.m. Monday through Friday. Every bus also comes with a bike storage rack on front for biking commuters. The D-RIDE travels a loop around downtown, providing service to some of the area’s most popular destinations. Among the D-RIDE stops are Civic Plaza, City Hall, Metro and Federal court and the Convention Center. Learn more.
Rapid Ride – ABQ RIDE’s fleet of 18, 60-foot articulated buses are used on two Rapid Ride routes – the Red Line (Central Avenue) and the Blue Line (West Side to UNM). Rapid Ride Red Line route operates seven days per week, and the Blue Line route operates six days a week (Mon.-Sat.). You can use the TXT2RIDE service on the Rapid Ride routes. The RouteThe Rapid Ride Red Line travels an 11-mile route along Central Avenue from Unser to Wyoming, then north on Wyoming to the Uptown shopping district. The route provides access from the West Side to:
- Old Town
- Presbyterian Hospital
- University of New Mexico
- Nob Hill
- NM Expo at the State Fairgrounds
- The new International Market
- Los Altos Golf Course / Skate Park
- Uptown shopping area
There is a Park & Ride lot at each end of the route -one at the Uptown Transit Center and another at Southwest Mesa. There is no charge to park in any of the Park & Ride lots. To view a map of Rapid Ride Routes or more information, click here.
Rapid After Dark (Red Line Only) – Rapid After Dark is a late-night extension of the Rapid Ride Red Line service along Central Avenue. Rapid After Dark runs every Friday and Saturday night from June 6 – September 5. Rapid After Dark runs along the Red Line every Friday and Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. If you don’t live near the route, use one of the two Park & Ride lots on the route: either the Southwest Mesa Park & Ride at Central and Unser or the Uptown Transit Facility Park & Ride near Coronado Mall. To view a map of Rapid After Dark, click here.
ABQ Ride has taken the guesswork out of catching your bus with the formulation of multiple smartphone apps. Use TXT2RIDE by texting 27433 and provide youre bus stop number, a space, and the route number. Within about 10 seconds, you will receive a text message with the scheduled arrival time of the next two buses at that stop. Standard texting rates apply according to your carrier or plan. Currently the TXT2RIDE service is only available for use on Rapid Ride routes. Or, you can download the ABQ RIDE smartphone app to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch to access a host of information at your fingertips. Find out where your bus is, the location of your nearest bus stop, calculate your fare, find out where to purchase bus passes, find the schedule for your bus route and many other features. An app for Android users is under development and will be ready by the end of 2013. Visit the app store here.
Airport – The Albuquerque International Sunport is a world-renowned, full-service facility that welcomes more than six million travelers per year. As the state’s largest commercial airport, the Sunport serves as the gateway to the diverse cultures, rich history and breathtaking landscapes of New Mexico. The Sunport welcomes new non-stop JetBlue service to New York City, as well as major commercial airlines American, Southwest, US Airways, Frontier, and others. The airport is just 4 miles from the Downtown core.
Trolley – ABQ Trolley Co. takes guests on a 66-minute, 18-mile Best of ABQ city tour using a completely-custom, uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air trolley. ABQ Trolley Co. strives to provide the best visitor experience in the city and offers a comprehensive tour that truly represents Albuquerque. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.